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New York University

Good Days - Single (2021)


December 26, 2022

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Kimberly Raschka Sailor

NYU's Vocollision is certainly busy dropping singles and videos — nothing getting rusty here! But unfortunately, Good Days won't make the group's highlight reel.

The biggest issue is that this interpretation of Good Days doesn't feel like it has enough bones to be a single. This sounds like the soft interlude put in the middle of a full-length album to give the listeners a breather. You absolutely do not have to release an uptempo, big booming, dance party single — but this Good Days is difficult to stand successfully on its own with its lack of purposeful intensity. We get a few nice crescendos to inject energy, and some delicate runs, but that's just not enough. The original has a whole playground of notes and unique sound effects to work from; sometimes less is more, but it's a flat offering from Vocollision.

Some good news. The group uses a trio approach for vocal leads — the arrangement is really a frame for these voices to perform inside — and the middle lead, Mia Roberts, is an unforgettable alto that adds a lot of sonic interest. Each voice offers something the other can't, and together, they definitely belong out front.

Stay tuned, because the next release could be red hot.

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