Jacob Sartorius, ‘Skateboard’ | Track Review
He’s back…Oh dear God help us all! No, that’s not very nice, particularly when talking about a kid who seems genuinely nice. Jacob Sartorious rocked our world in 2016-17, releasing some incredibly horrid music. First, we had to deal with the “Sweatshirt.” Next, came “Hit or Miss,” which of course was MISS. Then there was that EP (The Last Text), which is just sickening to even think about. But he’s back with “Skateboard,” a promo single for his new EP, Left Me Hangin’.
Starting with the pros – yes there are pros, haters! The production work is rock solid universally. It’s nothing elaborate, but fits the urban-pop sensibility. Furthermore, it fits the boyish vocals of Sartorius. If nothing else comes out of a song about the kid riding his skateboard, the backdrop which he sings over, well, vibes. An observation – not necessarily a pro – is the potty mouth of the kiddo. No, he doesn’t drop any bombs, but unlike many teen-pop stars, he doesn’t refrain from hell (not the place), damn, and a self-censored bull-.
With pros come cons, and there is definitely cons. While Sartorius is vocally suited for this song, personally, I’m still not a big fan of his instrument. Going back to the cursing, while it’s a known fact that teens say much worse than the aforementioned baby swears, it’s still unprecedented to have any, let alone the robust SIX instances in TEEN-POP! GASP* Parents cringing everywhere*
So, how does “Skateboard” stack up for Jacob Sartorius? Contextually, this might be his best performance and song. In the bigger scheme of things, this is still a 14-year old kid singing about his skateboard, “flying so DAMN fast” and listening to “Good music and one HELL of a hill.” UGH! While it’s good that Jacob is “past all of this BULL- right now,” as a music critic and lover, I not sure that I am.