Despacito: Song review

IMG_9008When you listen to a mid-tempo feel-good jam that’s fun and easy on the ears?

Despacito, anyone?

Performed by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, Despacito, which means slowly in Spanish, opens with English lyrics and continues in Spanish.

Breezy solo acoustic guitar opens the song.

Light instrumentation.

Duet between the singers and the guitar.

Calm. Cool. Collected.

A happy jam in Spanish and English.

Beach jam.

Shuffle and clap beat.

Casual vibe.

Beautiful bliss.

A song of the summer?

Absolutely.

Dance.

Pop.

With a relaxing acoustic sound.

The introduction’s lyrics create beautiful imagery through both perfect and imperfect rhyme.

Come on over in my direction
So thankful for that, it’s such a blessin’, yeah
Turn every situation into Heaven, yeah
(Oh, you are…)
My sunrise on the darkest day
Got me feelin’ some kind of way
Make me wanna savor every moment slowly, slowly
You fit me, tailor-made love, how you put it on
Got the only key, know how to turn it on
The way you nibble on my ear, the only words I wanna hear
Baby take it slow so we can last long.

Concrete imagery combined with abstract imagery create a beautiful pop song.

The rest of the song is sung in Spanish. The song ends with the guitar riff. The lyric Despacito is repeated one final time as the guitar line dies away.

Despacito is not your stereotypical Top 40 American-influenced song.

It challenges the stereotypical American-influenced pop song.

Lots of North American pop songs use heavy instrumentation – drums, guitars, keys – the works.

How often do you hear a solo instrument featured in a pop song these days?

Despacito’s instrumentation is intimate. Despacito’s instrumentation and song structure is different.

Despacito puts a unique spin on a structured song style.

Celebrate Despacito, a chill jam, in all its original or remixed glory.

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