The Bottom Line
It's hard not to feel slightly disappointed by "Sweet Nothing." Calvin Harris is one of the most compelling current dance pop producers, and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is one of the current queens of powerful, soulful, dramatic pop. "Sweet Nothing" is satisfying as a pop radio treat, but it leaves fans hoping for something just a little deeper and more memorable.
- Calvin Harris' trademark dance production
- Powerful opening line
- Florence Welch's vocals
- Lack of depth
- Feels almost like the artists are on auto pilot
- Written by Calvin Harris, Florence Welch, and Kid Harpoon
- Produced by Calvin Harris
- Released October 2012 by Columbia Records
Guide Review - Calvin Harris - "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welch
"You took my heart and you held it in your mouth..." That is a promising start for this star collaboration, but the song fails to go much further beyond that arresting opening. It's not long before the recording kicks into high gear with a massive building dance floor ready chorus, but there is a feeling we have heard much of this before. Still, Calvin Harris' disco-inflected pop remains irresistible. Don't think too hard while listening to the sad words of "Sweet Nothing" and you will want to hear it again.
Songwriter Kid Harpoon and Florence Welch collaborated in writing the big Florence and the Machine hit "Shake It Out," but the words here are not as memorable. The tale of "Sweet Nothing" is a romance with no depth. It is a relationship of "sweet nothing." Surely there are those in the dance club for whom the concept will be powerfully resonant, but it seems much more could have been done to verbally flesh out the song.
Ultimately "Sweet Nothing" feels a bit like a quick cash-in on the current status of both Calvin Harris and Florence Welch. Fortunately, it goes down very easy, and will sound great in remixes for the club. "Sweet Nothing" is neither a failure nor anything approaching the best work of the artists involved. Enjoy it as a dance element of current pop radio playlists but little more than that.