Folksy is a lazy, over-used word. So let's use a different one. Brooke Fraser's style is folksy. Oops. No, come on, let's try harder. 'Something in the Water' is a barnstorming, uplifting love song with a chorus which is instantly memorable and generally brightens up the universe for 3 minutes and 4 seconds. That's better.
The single has a standard pop-single structure. The slow-burning first verse leads into the upbeat chorus with its vocal harmonies. Repeat for best results, add a little whistling part for kitsch value (it did Noah and the Whale no harm did it?) and make the final chorus more rousing and memorable, leaving the listener with no alternative other than to go out and buy it.
'Something in the Water' topped the charts in Fraser's native land and there's no denying the strength of the single. It has instant commercial appeal, plus it is well produced and sung sweetly. Fraser sounds like Feist, and 'Something in the Water' could indeed be her '1, 2, 3, 4' breakthrough single. Indeed the track feels like it's one advert away from being a big hit.
Article written by Anthony Cody