Great Sounds Great; Bad Sounds Bad: K.One Feat. J. Williams – ‘She’s A Killer’

Every week, a panel of writers for The Corner will focus on a bunch of recently released local singles and grade them. We call it Great Sounds Great; Bad Sounds Bad. Read through the panelists thoughts below and let us know what you think of the song in the comments section.

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[Grade: 3.4]

Luke Warm: This is a waste of time. Totally worthless. I rate this about a negative eight but I guess we’ll call it a zero so no-one has a hissy fit in the comments. But you know I’m right you whinging little twerps. [0]

Petra Jane: J Williams obviously fancies himself as a Serious Young Man On A Mission (I mean, why else would anyone do such an earnest karaoke cover of Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’?), and K.One is in danger of being typecast as his slightly-comical sidekick. The best bit of the otherwise-forgettable ‘Night Of Your Life’ was K.One cosying up to the rent-a-models suggesting they wear their “comfy heels” so he can rock them all night. If you take ‘She’s A Killer’ as a parody of kiwi rappers trying to make it sound like they live the LA thug life, then this is decent light entertainment. K.One’s lady don’t need table service or a bottomless glass of Christal – she’s been pre-loading at the flat while the boys peacock around on the red carpet of the VNZMAs, pretty much the least glamorous music awards ceremony in the world. Could have done with less autotune and less J. Williams (not sure you can even separate those two, though), but bonus points for namechecking Wikipedia, which pulls it up to a [5]

Maryann Savage: This is passable dance music, but it’s mind-numbingly repetitive, and the jokes in the lyrics aren’t brilliant. I guess if you’re a hip-hop dancer, you’re not interested in whether music’s interesting when you’re sitting down. This string of harmless jokes over a samey backing track won’t hurt anyone (though the video is full of exploitation clichés I hate seeing in NZ). (This ranking doesn’t take into account J.Williams’ assault on his partner, which I just read about and which is possible grounds for not reviewing his music. Don’t buy this single!). [2]

Fraser Austin: I wanted to roll on up to this and love it. Some serious budget NZ production bummer work here though. I mean when the production on a mainstream-R&B-pop-attempt track fails, the stupid lyrics become way too obvious. All the components bounce though, just fix it yo. Get in there, give some of those synths a reverb bus, ’cause the plugins verb is way too gated. I hear the chorus widening so maybe apply some of that wizardry to the main vocals – some subtle modulation on the bottom would stop you going “NZ-STINKBUZZ-POP” in your brain. [5]

Michael McClelland: Chorus gets no points for auto-creativity, but these verses, damn, I’m snagged right from the opening line: “She takes a spots right at the bar taking shots just like a target / And she just came from pre-drinks at her city apartment”. These rhymes are just plain funny. “Got me searching Wikipedia / Cause I just want to know” – Wow! Except where 2004 calls: “I just wanna take her with me like a PSP”. Whatever, it’s all good. I’m cool with you, K.One. [7]

Matthew McAuley: K.One is so wack. So wack. What the hell are you even talking about? Stop naming consumer electronics. You’re not going to find anything about this girl on Wikipedia. What does “taking shots just like guitar” mean? Is that what you said? I hate it. nice to see J. Williams playing against type in the role of “violent power-tripping thug” though. [2]

Hussein Moses: Wow, firstly the video, which manages to take the song far too literally, falling into some sort of espionage storyline complete with J. Williams as special agent. What’s with the Vodafone background? I thought it was the VNZMA’s but then they mistakenly left in a shot showing that it was actually filmed at Sale St, which is just sort of sad. The song itself is tiring, but the hook is solid. J. Williams had some great moments. [5]

Isobel Cairns: Is this a joke? I don’t understand. How is it possible to have product placement in a song? Why are they dancing in front of a piece of cardboard that has Vodafone logos on it? Who is the blonde-haired girl and why does she look like she’s really lost and confused? Maybe she thinks it’s a joke too. [1]

5 Comments

  1. James says:

    Smashing!

  2. Pretty high cringe factor. I honestly prefer Dane Rumble. I tried to find some redeeming features, maybe the beat could have held up a stronger track, I don’t think 13 year olds overseas who don’t qualify themselves as “proud 2 b a kiwi” would be so kind. Faux or otherwise, it only helps to foster my association that the VNZMAs is a sad little affair.

  3. Kirsten says:

    J Williams could never be a special agent with a crinkly shirt like that. Someone get the boy an iron.

  4. matthew says:

    this is my worst review so far imo. i don’t think i was paying much attention. still stand by my rating though.

    • Maryann says:

      “You’re not going to find anything about this girl on Wikipedia” … that’s funny!!!

      Also love the comment about the shirt …

      Great stuff guys!

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