The Vaccines refuse to deviate from their quest to become one of the 21st century's most notorious one-album wonders, with a new single that scrapes miserably along the bottom of the indie-pop barrelWritten by Thom Dent on 17th November 2018
Single Review: Iggy Azalea – Team
Matt McCrory teams up on Iggy Azalea and her latest single.
‘Team’ tries to innovate in all the ways that previous album hit ‘Fancy’ succeeded. Straight away you’ll notice that the syncopated synth bass that defined her earlier single has been reworked, repurposed and refitted for this rehash of a hit. The instrumental is sickly slick with some polished production that provides the small amount of personality this track has to offer. Aside from some reverb-y high synths and some cringe-worthy sound samples hanging around the back of the mix, the instrumental never really expands from the uninspiring opening bars. The only exception to this is the unexpected trap-esque breakdown which introduces a clichéd percussive ‘hey hey’ pattern and some variations on that bass riff.
“'If anything it’s a testament to Iggy’s ability to keep churning out noise with so many people dismissive of her abilities as a rapper and public figure...'
So, in case you couldn’t tell, I don’t think ‘Team’ by Iggy Azalea is much good. The beat remains interesting for about a third of the song’s runtime and Iggy has (debatably) only a single half-decent quip hidden in her delivery. It doesn’t innovate on her past successes and at some moments actively embraces some of Azalea’s weaker skill set. However, strangely enough, the more I listened to this song, the more willing I was to buy into Iggy’s semi-inspirational theming and messages of self-belief and confidence. Unfortunately this didn’t derive from any empowering directive or motivational sensibilities but rather from the idea that if Iggy Azalea can have a successful rap career, I guess anyone can. Unlucky Iggy. Better luck next time.