Nicoline introduces herself in a professional and creatively colourful way with this single Got Me Again. While things song feels easily fit to share the airwaves with any number of modern day pop releases, it also comes through with a level of character and appeal that is fresh and true to her own style and sound. This runs throughout the lyrics, the set-up – the change from the verse to the hook, the instrumental break – and indeed in her vocal delivery. The lyrics in particular are simple and accessible but uniquely memorable at the same time. Individuality aside for a moment though, this is a great song – one that hits with more and more impact as it progresses.
Bad times make the good times better.
Got Me Again evolves in an unpredictable way. For what feels like a fairly delicate, spacious bit of mellow pop in the beginning, the later sections highlight a more passionate, heavier approach. The production on the song is brilliant, the hook is repeated using instrumentation – distortion, fuzz, effects and volume – this is unusual but incredibly effective, you find yourself uttering that hook melody, those three words, even when they’re not being sung. The riff plays the role of the voice in its absence at this moment, and this is surprisingly impactful and adds a new layer of appeal and intensity to the track.
As far as pop releases go, it can be difficult to effectively walk the line between that which is known to work among a wider audience, and that which is new and interesting and exciting. In my opinion, Nicoline walks that line with style and confidence. Got Me Again is undoubtedly an ear-worm, but non-intrusive in being so. You take the hook away with you after listening, but during the song – the music fills the room in an energizing and satisfying way. Hopefully there’s plenty more music and creativity to come.