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Single Review: Khalid & Normani – Love Lies
Redbrick Music's Sorcha Hornett is unsurprised but nevertheless pleased with Normani's solid debut single without Fifth Harmony
Khalid has teamed up with Fifth Harmony member, Normani Kordei, for his latest offering, ‘Love Lies’. The track is taken from the Jack Antonoff curated Love, Simon soundtrack, with the movie set to be released in cinemas next month, and ‘Love Lies’ as the first single released from the soundtrack. Khalid firmly placed himself on the map with his debut album American Teen, a raw collection of beautiful pop songs about being a teenager and dealing with love and heartbreak, and he is still firmly riding the success of this, just finishing up a sold-out UK tour.
“The track is taken from the Jack Antonoff curated Love, Simon soundtrack, with the movie set to be released in cinemas next month
This is Normani’s first attempt at going solo, and while she’s confirmed her place in Fifth Harmony isn’t going to be left vacant, this is her exploring a new musical direction. This song dispels any doubt that she could carry herself as a soloist. While this is still, primarily, Khalid’s track, she manages to hold her own in her solo section just fine. It’s a dreamy, mid-tempo anthem, with their voices harmonising perfectly together. It’s a killer pop song, sure to do well in the charts due to its easy-to-remember lyrics and catchy rhythm. It screams sultry, and the artwork for the single emphasises this, as the pair are looking in opposite directions into the distance, cast in a red glow.
“While she’s confirmed her place in Fifth Harmony isn’t going to be left vacant, this is Normani exploring a new musical direction
From the title of the single I was expecting a more honest reading of the traumas of love, but the chorus, ‘Tell me where your love lies / Waste the day and spend the night / Underneath the sunrise / Show me’ implies it’s more about the emotion within you, with fairly basic lyrics, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a more mainstream pop song. Despite the obvious lyrics, the single is a catchy, sultry pop anthem that will have you singing and dancing along. Normani proves herself and shows she can very easily carry herself as a soloist, and the single is a firm reminder of how talented Khalid is after the success of American Teen, and that he isn’t going to be forgotten in a hurry.