*** I'd say I'm disappointed, but that implies I expected anything better.
So, at the start of the year, Vance Joy got the big honour of topping the Hottest 100 poll with "Riptide". This was probably a good result for the station and the countdown, as (unless you actually studied the votes coming through on social media leading up to it) "Riptide" was something of an underdog. I'd constantly seen people back halfway through the year utterly convinced with full confidence that "Get Lucky" would do it, before transferring that over to "Royals" and never letting go. Once the result became clear, these people might have admitted their folly, or they might have shrugged it off and pretended that they knew all along, but either way, deep down in their mind, they'll know that they were wrong to be so assumptious. So they're more likely to keep an interest than if the whole thing just became so predictable. There's the added bonus that Vance Joy is Australian, and owes his popularity to the station (and a metric f**kload of ads, but that's another story).
But from a personal perspective, that win is so irritating. Not only because "Riptide" is really just not that good, but because it would propell Vance Joy to an advantageous career position. History shows that anyone who tops the polls, usually has pretty respectful success (out the gate at least) with their follow up material. I just don't think he's deserving of that push which has helped this be a top 40 hit, and his album will probably debut at #1 too, because he's just so uninteresting. Even a comedian who just stole jokes & schtick from Bill Hicks is more interesting than Vance Joy. Perhaps this doesn't really matter since if the alternative option of Lorde hardly seems like someone who needs a career boost, but I'd prefer the option where things like this are less visible.
A positive note, it's not a "Riptide" copy, nor does it seem like it tries to be one. But it's not interesting enough otherwise. The build up is not utilised properly, the chorus melody is weak and the whole thing just isn't worth the bother. It's not like I have a problem with indie folk, one of my favourite albums this year is "Benji", but you just need to inject something of interest into the template. I feel sorry for Kim Churchill who essentially wrote a more captivating version of a Vance Joy song who isn't seeing half the success because his song isn't on a Medibank ad. Oh well.
**** I like the bit after the chorus (the instrumental part) it's like a whole heap of energy that is built up during the rest of the song - unfortunately those bits of the song last too long, making this more on the boring side to me. Nice though.