Track Review: DNCE ft. Nicki Minaj, ‘Kissing Strangers’
Pop collective DNCE returns with another fun, sexy single, “Kissing Strangers,” assisted by Nicki Minaj.
Pop band DNCE, fronted by Joe Jonas, dropped their self-titled debut album back in November 2016. In other words, the band isn’t expected to drop a new album just yet. Despite the grace period, they drop a new single, “Kissing Strangers,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
Like their previous records, “Kissing Strangers” thrives off its groove. Rhythmically, the record is incredibly unified – arguably too unified given the repetition. Simply put, there’s no escaping the one-two punch of the bass line coupled with the drums. The production work is slick AF, for lack of a better description. Musically, it’s sound, if not necessarily game changing.
“Kissing Strangers” isn’t far-fetched in sound or conception from seminal hit “Cake By the Ocean,” particularly given its nonsensical, carefree syllables. Like “Cake,” this is incredibly tongue-n-cheek, evidenced from the jump. Tongue-n-cheek is the M.O. for DNCE, so once more, the approach and overall vibe are successful.
Lyrically, depth is NOT the M.O. Per the usual, “Kissing Strangers” is heavy on flirty, lite on nutrients and legit substance. Nicki Minaj adds more lyrics to her guest verse, but honestly, that’s not saying much in its own right. Her verse isn’t the crème de la crème compared to other features. Blame it on the quick tempo, or the shallowness of the song itself.
“I got a boy that I kinda like / This is a kiss-kiss, tongue him down kind of night… / Drip, drip, with a kitty cat, put it in his lap / Sip, sip, on the tip, tip, lick on his lip-lip / I think he tryna hit young Nic’ like a quick pick.”
Ultimately, “Kissing Strangers” amounts to ear candy – innuendo. The ear candy is delicious, but like dessert, it’s not nutritious. Once more referencing “Cake by the Ocean,” “Kissing Strangers” is more novel than classic. Still, it’s undeniably delicious…