A great big world x christina aguilera

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - Say Something

First on the radio, came this line over and over:

Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

A quick google revealed “A Great Big World”, an American two-member band (shazam doesn’t work on the dying seconds of a song). I’ve heard them, in the way you hear many contemporary indie bands; their sounds interesting, image taking a while to filter through, if any, because, you know, their sound’s interesting. Axel and vaccarino apparently met as nyu music biz students, and they look it in the video. Preppy threads and hair.

The video showed this lady. “Is that–that can’t be *listens out for power vowel yodels*–it does sound like christina aguilera…but with an indie band?”

What’s that story?

I dig up another video, and another, to hear them live. Each time i thought, surely xtina will let loose now! But no, the same incredible simplicity, piano, strings, steady, and wave after wave of emotion. Listen to the words, they’re only a few. The ballad holds up the chasm between people at a very precise moment. This bit is important, the song recollects the moment between secure love and love over, often neglected and so vulnerable in the deal of relationships, but a game-changer.

And watch christina give life to it. Two worlds: indie band and mega pop star , playing out this humble acknowledgement of a love done wrong through no fault. No fault at all.

I’m going to quote Bradley Stern from MuuMuse here, because i concur: she “doesn’t even have her own verse or chorus – she resigns to delivering subtle, yet effective, backing vocals for the entirety of the re-recording. It’s only in the song’s final few moments that she allows that powerhouse pipes to blow in the background. And those whispers at the very end? ‘Say something, I’m giving up on you…’ Gulp.”

What a collaboration.

She said of it, “So simple, and it’s so quiet and still and steady, in a way
pleading to hear something, to hear some kind of answer, or to get an answer,
in the most humble, unassuming, non-demanding way.”


I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
And anywhere, I would have followed you

So many times we’re simply hanging on the other person to say something.


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