Being a long time fan of EDM music, I’ve watched the genre flourish into the mainstream with mixed results. Artists like Guetta and Harris have watered down their sound to make it more pop-radio friendly, but now and then, the genre still does manage to produce the occasional stroke of genius. One again, a prominent name in the EDM movement has gone mainstream. The Swedish House Mafia was 2008’s breakout electronic act, but they’ve recently scored a huge pop hit with their latest single, Don’t You Worry, Child. Luckily, they haven’t failed to bring some honor to the genre. This song is that occasional stroke of genius.
Perhaps that’s because this group has more riding on this track than most artists do. After just four years of producing solid trance and house music, the Swedish House Mafia has announced that their final tour will indeed be their last act as a group. Although this is sad news for their fans, you can’t deny that they’ve gone out on the highest note imaginable. A world wide chart topper is nothing to scoff at.
One listen to the song’s euphoric chorus and rousing beats will instantly explain the song’s success. Guest vocalist, John Martin delivers powerful vocals that take the song to soaring heights. He begins the song softly over a light key rift, singing lyrics about finding strength in the face of crushing heartbreak. The house beat slowly builds up to a powerfully stirring bridge before exploding into a rapturous chorus of powerful vocals, and pure trance-pop bliss. What results is a song that pop fans can easily sing along to, and one that ravers will have no problems glowsticking to.
I must admit, part of me hopes that the Mafia’s new found success will cause them to re-think this whole “break up” thing. They’ve recently become one of the few EDM artists to have scored a massive pop hit without selling out. Perhaps it was the group’s intention to go out on their highest note? If that was indeed their plan, then I applaud you, Swedish House Mafia. Don’t You Worry, Child truly is a high note, not only for you, but the genre’s venture into the mainstream as well.
Final Score: 4/5