Sigrid, ‘Strangers’ | Track Review
Up-and-coming Norwegian pop artist Sigrid continues to build her case as a pop artist who’s ‘got next’ on her enjoyable new single, “Strangers.”
Who is Sigrid? She’s the up-and-coming Norwegian pop star who wowed us with “Don’t Kill My Vibe.” “Don’t Kill My Vibe” was so good that it appeared on our Best Songs of 2017 (So Far): Edition 2.0 and Infographic | 80 Best Songs of 2017 (So Far), Edition 3.0. Moving beyond “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” we examine single, “Strangers.”
Speaking of vibes, “Strangers” gives off quite the vibe before Sigrid begins singing. Characterizing it as moody would be an overstatement, but there’s a curiousness – a mysteriousness. Vocally, Sigrid is poised – cool, calm, and collected – on the first verse. By the chorus, the production grows more dynamic and intense, as do the lead vocals. There’s more punch and emotion. The sound can be described as danceable, characterized by an electronic palette. Even as she’s more overt, it’s not like she offers gospel histrionics – she’s still maintains a ‘cool’ without breaking too much of a sweat.
How does the Norwegian pop star come out on “Strangers?” While she can’t supersede her marvelous performance on “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” Sigrid continues to be impressive. She sings well here, without overdoing it. There’s energy, but it never gets out of control or overblown. “Strangers” doesn’t have that ‘oomph’ to become a classic necessarily, but it easily meets and exceeds expectations to help this up-and-comer build her case as the next big pop star.