Everyone knows that Robin Stjernberg can sing. He came 14th at Eurovision 2013 after winning a hotly contested Melodifestivalen in Sweden. However, not even his strong voice voice can disguise the shoddy material that is “Thunderbolt”—his recent collaboration with Ktree and FloRida.
As with other EDM tracks currently sweeping the music market, this lacks ingenuity, the vocals are over processed, and FloRida’s guest appearance adds no value. It actually detracts from proceedings and prevents the song from having any sense of cohesion. FloRida appears to have phoned in his rap contribution and pasted it onto the dance beat. What’s worse is that the production elements overshadow Stjernberg. Autotune renders his unique voice irrelevant. In the music video he plays the piano throughout. Sadly it’s drowned out on the track, and you don’t hear anyone tickling the ivories…
Producers clearly hoped that FloRida would give “Thunderbolt” an international sound and cross-over appeal. It’s too disappointing to do either. This won’t gain much traction outside of clubland (even if there…).