Review: Spice Girls – Holler (Pop)

This review covers the pop track Spice Girls – Holler.

This track was released in 2000 on the album Forever.

The track starts with a guitar. A voice sample with an EQ filter makes an appearance. The main vocals then make an appearance.

From there, one of the main vocals takes over for a verse. A high pitched vocal makes a brief appearance or two. After that, the main vocals take the track into the main chorus. A synth effect then ends that section.

From there, another one of the main vocals takes the track into the next verse. Those high pitched vocals also make appearances here. The main chorus with all the main vocals then plays out. Some backup vocals also go somewhat off of the main vocals.

The male vocals returns in a non-lyrical manner. The main vocals utilizes a few main chorus word here.

After that, another main vocal takes the track into the next verse. This is followed up by another main chorus. Parts of the track break down somewhat. After that, the track gradually fades out.

This is one of those tracks that leaves very little room for interpretation. It is a rather x-rated topic. A lot of people honestly think that pop music simply rehashing sex themes is only a phenomenon that happened in more recent years, but this track proves that this has been going on for far longer then that.

While a lot of pop artists like hitting this topic possibly because sex sells, it’s easy for a track to go from “this is hot” to “this is cheap/trashy”. There is certainly no shortage of tracks that fall into the latter categories. For me, this track actually gets close to falling into the former category, but the secondary vocal hitting an octave too high makes it fall into the “cheap” category in my books. If that vocal was removed, then I’d say this is a rare pop track that actually got it right.

The other problem with this track is that it steps on the gas for covering an x-rated theme. It doesn’t really tell much of a story or offer any special theme. As a result, this track doesn’t become useful in anything else. As some sort of opening track to a porn film, maybe. For car commercial music, that would be a bit weird at best. As date night romance music, you might get slapped by the woman especially if its a first date. As music in the context of sports, well, why? To me, fitting this track into any other context is just a square peg in round hole problem.

Overall, this track did get close to actually hitting a theme well. Unfortunately, the secondary vocal pushes this track into something that sounds cheap. Additionally, the track pushes the theme so hard, it can’t really be useful in almost any other context. So, it’s usefulness is quite limited. Nice try, but this one falls short in the end.


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