Swedish House Mafia: Don’t You Worry Child (feat. John Martin)
The electronic trio from Stockholm pulls off club ballad using rock star extravagance
Here to end the skepticism of a worldwide electronica windfall in the advent of a second disco crash, Swedish House Mafia – who announced their end to international touring last year – pulls on the coattails of elaborate dance pop by cranking out an club anthem featuring the ambiance of fist-pumping aggression and foot-stomping beats, similar to that used on Sai & David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Florence Welch & Calvin Harris’s “Sweet Nothing.” The formula used on these transformative ballads (yeah, with the sweet openings and the big synth workouts on the voiceless vamps) are becoming more and more predictable and derivative in Top 40 playlists, but guest lead singer John Martin conjures a Chris Martin-Coldplay arena-rock gusto, while the blaring synths act as an electro symphony. It’s a slight difference that gives the song a different kind of personality. Maybe it’s because a divo is leading it.