Before I say anything about The Veronicas‘ comeback single “Lolita”, I just want everybody to know that I hate them, and the fact that they hypocritically dissed Ke$ha and have now gone on to release a song that sounds exactly like something that Ke$ha would record is exactly what I’d expect from these two desperate wannabes.
It’s been five years since the Aussie duo released their last album, 2007′s overrated Hook Me Up. In the time since, they’ve been busy blowing rock stars and hanging out in pretentious L.A. bars, but now they’ve finally got their shit together long enough to start releasing music again.
Produced by top forty hitmaker Toby Gad, “Lolita” opens with the exact same twinkling synths as Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”, right before a throbbing dance beat kicks in and zips of electro are sprinkled on top. The duo’s usual pubescent screaming rears its ugly head on the hook, but it gets sliced up into sinister little stutters on a predictable-yet-killer post-chorus breakdown.
The Veronicas love to act like they’re underground rock chicks and not manufactured pop tarts, so it’s hilarious when “Lolita” plunges into a generic whirlpool of faux-dubstep towards the end. Even funnier is how utterly not shit that it sounds. These dubstep breaks should be unbearable by now, but this one works shockingly well with the menacing synths and pitch black rave beats of “Lolita”.
Lyrically, the inspiration behind “Lolita” is pretty obvious. Referencing Vladimir Nabokov’s infamous novel can come off corny if done wrong, but The Veronicas paint a vividly accurate portrait of the kind of twisted obsession Humbert Humbert harbored for the manipulative nymphette in Nabokov’s classic.
In simpler terms: I can’t stand The Veronicas and Kubrick’s film adaption of Lolita is my second-favorite movie of all-time, and even I think that “Lolita” is a well-written pop song (a rarity, these days).
When you can impress even your biggest hater, you must be doing something right.