I hate drum and bass. There, I said it. The style of music fucking bothers me. It’s not the beat, rhythm or melody, or lack of for that matter. It is the pervasive repetition. Over and over and over, the same thing for god knows how many hours. I have no attention span for that. The reason this mini-diatribe precedes this single review is that ‘Once Upon A Time’ made me realise why I hate drum and bass so much.
In four minutes, the song did not once waver from its opening piano melody – a lovely frolic of emotive notes I might add. Yet, with very little going on lyrically and the song swaying rather than jumping up and down, two minutes in I gave up, got the point and emotionally moved on. Therefore, I decided to go to YouTube and see if the video would help. Negative. Same shit, just with pictures. I love Air. When it comes to chill-out, lounge and whimsical pop, they pull it off as well as anyone else. They can do better than this, though; ‘Once Upon A Time’ is too damn drum and bass-like in context.
4Shain Shapiro's Score