Timbaland ft Katy Perry – If We Ever Meet Again – Single review

A collaboration between Katy Perry and cuddly teddy-bear-slash-producer Timbaland should be a joyous thing – Perry’s all-pervasive suggestiveness fused to Timbaland’s stock beats.

And that’s what If We Ever Meet Again is – an almost seamless wedding of two distinctive artists – the musical lovechild of Perry and Timbaland. It starts with some guitar arpeggios – Katy’s influence – and Timbaland on verse singing like he’s swallowed the autotune machine. The chorus has a classic pop/rock hook attached which kind of redeems the forgettable verses.

I mean, can Timbaland really get away with using such chat-up line cliches as “What’s a girl like you doing in a place like this?” in his lyrics?

As a single, it’s not a triumph for either artist. It feels like they’re both coasting – Timbaland mugging around in the video with his pretty collaborator bopping around beside him – just like most of his collaborations. Perry looks hot as usual in what looks like her most recent purchase from Ann Summers.

But even after all that, it’s a likeable enough joint effort by the two, even if it doesn’t scale the heady heights of sexual suggestiveness like I Kissed A Girl or even Timbo’s work from the first Shock Value album.

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2 Comments

  1. RandomEnigma

    I hadda feeling you weren’t gonna be crazy about this song. This is basically Timbaland’s tribute to I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas. He said he wanted to make a record just like that. I on the other hand absolutely love this song but not such a fan of the video…although I want to marry Katy Perry more than ever before and love laughing at Timbo’s facial expressions.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      A tribute to I Gotta Feeling? It was good of him not to surpass the BEP’s genius then, wasn’t it? 🙂

      Nah, I do enjoy it, but I’m still loving her collab with 3OH!3 far more. Nothing – I repeat, nothing – to do with that fountain scene.

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