He’s back after an extended hiatus but boy does Jason Derulo know how to make an entrance! He’s burst back onto the music scene with brand spanking new single ‘The Other Side’. The question is: is this good enough to resurrect Jason Deruuuuuuuulo (it HAS to be said like that) as a popstar hunk or is he sunk?
For the most part it’s a nice enough song, although let’s be honest, it’s not exactly groundbreaking or revelationary. The song comes across a little like a Chris Brown reject with some Usher-style vocal acrobatics, and while that’s normally enough for us to condemn a song for being ultra-generic, that’s weirdly part of Jason’s charm. Plus we’ve missed his always-killer dance moves (which make a very welcome comeback of their own in the accompanying video).
He’s never been at the forefront of cutting-edge R&B and pop (hey Kanye and Bey!) but he’s always a lot of fun and the anthemic stylings to the admittedly fist-pumping euphoric chorus make this rise above the mediocrity in something genuinely fun and frothy. Perfect disposable fun for the long and (hopefully) hot summer ahead.
Our verdict: Download, if only because it’s all you’ll be hearing all summer and it’s best to know all the words ahead of time.
Watch the video for ‘The Other Side’ below: