This is what solid, upbeat pop looks like:
-Production that tries harder than the average generic oomp-tsk oomp-tsk synth and bass, and actually incorporates analog instrumentation.
-A singer who writes her own songs and plays some of her own instruments.
-Also a singer who isn’t afraid to show a little vulnerability and expand her lyrical palette beyond “I’m at the club, I’m awesome” territory.
-And in general, music that is the point of the music video, rather than ancillary to the opportunity to show off a bunch of wacky, skimpy costumes and reinforce the singer’s brand.
Thus concludes today’s cranky old man rant.