Release Date: September 30th 2022
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Sick (feat. Pastelle)
Inspiration, encouragement, joyfulness, happiness, and optimism are all in incredibly short supply considering the last few years we’ve all had. In 2020 and 2021 especially (and also in parts of 2022, and a resurgence in COVID-19 cases), we all have been relentlessly knocked down and discouraged by COVID-19- especially the Delta and Omicron variants, the bushfires, the murder of George Floyd, and the falling away of a number of high-profile Christian celebrities from the faith. And in some ways, 2021 was like 2020, and it was a write-off and something that we all wished to be over. However, as I have mentioned many a time, I’ve come to still be encouraged and inspired in the midst of trials, chaos, and calamity. I’ve predominately been inspired through the likes of many different genres of music; and while you can read many of our extensive reviews here, outlining albums from artists across many different genres (country, pop, rock, CCM, worship etc), another new song I’ve been blessed to hear is Aussie pop artist Samantha Jade’s latest single called “Love.Sick”. Now I haven’t had the pleasure of diving deep enough into much of Samantha’s music at all- given that she is a mainstream artist and I have only been listening to mainstream artists on a regular basis since the beginning of 2019, for around about 3 and a half years now. Though I first was introduced to Samantha’s songs in late 2019 through YouTube recommending me “Bounce”; since then, I’ve enjoyed many of her songs- but I wouldn’t say I’m an avid fan though. “Dance Again”, like previous tracks “Beautiful And Golden” and “Back 2 Back”, is such a joy to listen to; and has me quietly anticipating Samantha’s brand new album, whenever that may be. I reviewed “Dance Again” here; but now it’s time to dive into “Love.Sick”, don’t you reckon?
“Dance Again” was essentially an uplifting and inspirational song about rising above adversity and dancing or being positive in the face of your many trials and tribulations. It’s an emotional, vulnerable, and personal piano ballad, and is lyrically one of the strongest songs of 2022. It’s a song that is self-explanatory and though it’s lyrically quite simple, the song is incredibly profound and impacting- it’s a song that needs to be heard and experienced to be believed! On the contrary, “Love.Sick” is a pure pop song, and a duet with Pastelle. A track where the two vocalists sing about how they’re in a toxic relationship and about how they’re ‘in love’ with each other, but it’s really an unhealthy kind of love; this melody doesn’t have a redeeming quality on the surface. But “Love.Sick” still speaks to our soul, and it warns us all into even entering into relationships that aren’t edifying for the soul. Though mainstream pop music and I didn’t really mix well for a while; there are still a handful of songs though that speak out to me. For Samantha Jade though, there’s something special about her music that is so optimistic and feel-good and just plain enjoyable, that I can’t help but be moved and inspired in almost every song. The same went for “Dance Again”; but even if “Love.Sick” overall is just ok, as Samantha Jade forges on and readies her next full-length album in the midst of COVID-19 (whenever that may be!), we are nevertheless still reminded that we need to check our hearts and our motivations behind all of the relationships that we’re in. Sure, this song isn’t a ‘Christian’ song per se… but God still works through this confronting gem of a melody. And now, let me ask what are you waiting for? Do you want to be comforted in the confines of a danceable pop/EDM song? Well then “Love.Sick” is your thing. Even if it’s not, then definitely check out “Dance Again”; or anything else from Samantha’s discography. And I’d say listen to whatever you can from Samantha’s discography… you might find your next pick-me-up tune that you turn to when you need encouragement. Well done, Samantha, I can’t wait to hear what’s next in store for you.
RIYL: Kylie Minogue, Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Little Mix, Ellie Goulding