This record was reviewed from the version on the NOW 79 compilation CD. Discogs.com gives
these main credits:
Produced and programmed by Afrojack
Mixed by Manny
Listening through to this again today, another little vocal detail
tapped me on the shoulder: the almost subliminal vocal "baby" overdubs at 2:39 and 2:41.
It's somehow surprising that they've been mixed so low, but as a result the effect is
slightly unsettling. I like it!
Returning to Pitbull's main lead vocal, it's
interesting how much the Manny Marroquin has increased the high-frequency density with
compression, EQ, and effects to combat the powerful masking effects of the rhythm track's
upper percussion parts. Although it doesn't sound so drastic while the vocal's in with the
rhythm track, the "Lindsay Lohan" rhythm drop gives a brief blast of the unmasked timbre
which provides some food for thought.
The other aspect of the lead vocal
treatments that I still wanted to mention was the triple-tracking. As I commented in the
main critique, the looseness of the tracking here is an important means of creating
arrangement contrast, but it does bring with it one less desirable side-effect: reduced
lyric intelligibility. Both "at least you'll feel on top of the world" and "I'm gonna fall
on top of you girl" in his verse at 2:22 both fall foul of flamming consonants, for
instance, and take a bit too much effort to decipher for a chart record, I think. I reckon
a little careful editing could have taken care of that without significantly reducing the
desirable looseness of the vocal ensemble, so it's shame it wasn't done -- it's not a bad
lyric, after all.
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