Lawson – Juliet [music]
“Juliet” is a mightily melodic and tightly produced pop stomper that combines heavy rock beats with a hooky pop chorus that is flavored with a slight reggae twang to give it that extra oomph.
The ‘she know-oh-oh-oh-ee-oh’ hook is to die for, and is used effectively at different points throughout the track. It sounds great before the chorus. It sounds perfect DURING the chorus. And it sounds brilliantly BONKERS during the galloping bridge before the final chorus.
Nevertheless, for a track about a girl who leads a man to his downfall, the song’s lyrics are a bit basic and wouldn’t be out of place on a One Direction album (‘criminal, physical and it’s killing me…you are haunting me’).
However, Juliet is still a fun sing-along with its bouncy, guitar chords and pleading vocals. These create a sense of urgency that makes listeners feel for the guy who falls for Juliet. Lawson have clearly come a long way since doing impressive covers of songs like Lady Gaga’s Marry The Night on their YouTube channel.
Juliet may not have as much substance as the Shakespearean tale that spawned the character, but proves that Lawson can make catchy radio hits that deserve more airplay.