Monday, October 3, 2011

Song of the Day: 5 O'Clock - T-Pain (Feat. Lily Allen & Wiz Khalifa)

Who would have though that the world's most AutoTune-d artist would make a song with one of the few artists that doesn't need to be AutoTune-d at all? Well, it happened, and the collaboration has to be ruined by Wiz Khalifa! Oh, well - it's still a good song, and read my full review by either clicking the title or by clicking the "Read More" button below!

Honestly, though, this song would be a near-perfect song without Wiz. Wiz Khalifa always has a pretty direct, deliberate approach to rapping, which you don't want to hear in a slower song like this. If it really was 5 O'clock in the morning, and you were waking up, would you want to hear Wiz rapping in "Black and Yellow"? Of course not! It's way too commanding to be enjoyable by acute senses.

Many would say that T-Pain's voice has the same effect, but it's much more flowing. I'd compare his voice to the electronic version of flowing water, as it's constantly, smoothly shifting from high to low notes, and from low to high. There's already a T-Pain app, but a T-Pain keyboard would work just as well, as few other people have voices that sound natural in AutoTune. Others have made it a tool to help cheap vocals, but T-Pain uses AutoTune to make music.

Much of this song's greatness lies in how the song makes you feel. Even at 2 in the afternoon, a few listens of this song can put you to a peaceful sleep session. Much of this has to do with Lily Allen, whose soft voice feels like silk on a smooth beat. Although "The Fear" has always been my favorite from Lily, "5 O'Clock" comes in close. She makes any peacefully-tempered song better, although her effect on this song is astoundingly beautiful.

What's left to say? This is a great song that will most likely go unnoticed by the majority of mainstream music listeners. However, it shouldn't; the song is great, and I recommend it for anyone that likes good music, no matter the genre (as long as it's not hard music, such as heavy metal). And, if you are mostly a heavy metal fan, why are you reading my blog in the 1st place?

Rating: 4.5/5


  1. I remember reading about this song, but I just bought it to listen to while I read your review. You know the Lily Allen is a sample right? ("Who'd Have Known" from her album It's Not Me, It's You).

  2. To be honest, I didn't. Although I love Lily Allen's voice, I wasn't exactly opened up to her enough a couple of years ago to have bought the album when it came out. "Who'd Have Known" is a nice song, but the part used in "5 O'Clock" isn't used as a main point of "Who'd Have Known", making it perfect for this song. In that vein, it's kind-of like how Dev's sample from "Booty Bounce" was used to help "Like a G6" hit #1.