Wonder Girls gives breaking into the American pop mainstream another shot, this time with Akon’s assistance. Before I go into the ridiculous song title and overall theme of the song, let me try and properly evaluate the single as best a non-music oriented person can.
Musically, “Like Money” is not a bad song to try to breach the American charts with. Written by Crystal ‘Cristyle’ Nicole, who has written songs for Rihanna and Mariah Carey, the song sounds exactly like a typical American pop song. There is the lead up from the verses to the catchy and repetitive chorus, the middle eight is an addictive rap/dubstep combo, and the song features a prominent American rapper, Akon. Not to mention that their English pronunciation is near perfect.
However, the song is not extraordinary. If it was sung by someone like Rihanna, then the song would garner a good amount of attention, despite its average pop leaning. But because its sung by the Wonder Girls, a relatively unknown group in the US, they would need a mega club hit or a “Call Me Maybe” to truly settle in the states. “Like Money” sounds too standard to stand out amongst songs like “We Run The Night” by Havana Brown or even “Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj.
Now, the whole “love me like money” thing. I’m not even going to attempt to make this more intellectual than it really is: that’s just insulting. I don’t blame the Wonder Girls at all – not even really the songwriter, because giving her the benefit of the doubt, she was probably trying to simply produce something catchy. But, is that the best one can do? “Love me like money, love me like cars”? In the beginning of the music video the girls are called “perfect”, and yet they’re telling people to love them like money? Like something that is only used to purchase other things?
I do like the cyborg/robot theme. It was clever to have each of them introduced individually by name at the beginning. But it doesn’t take a feminist to see the flaws in this music video and the theme of the song itself – what does loving someone like money have to do with advanced technology? The rest of the song is innocent and coherent enough, and the choreography in the music video is not bad, however, even from a pop perspective the “like money” simile could have been developed in a more artful way. Or they could have changed the lyrics to something like “love me more than money, love me more than cars, love me babe, love me babe wherever you are…”
Though I seem harsh throughout this post, this is not a bad song. I honestly do hope that the Wonder Girls manage to find their way into the American pop mainstream, but it will definitely be an uphill battle, as it has been in the past. “Like Money” is a step up for them, though not the gigantic leap that would raise them to the level of popular artists like Lady Gaga, Adele, or one-hit wonder Carly Rae Jepsen.
What do you guys think of the song?