Dami Im, the latest Australian gem of the music industry, has been emulating success with several top hits and even a top-charting album. In her latest single, she takes on the throwback doo-wop 1950s style that has made Meghan Trainor such a worldwide success. The track has a fuller sound, unlike Trainor’s throwback style which was so bland and empty. The song begins with a brass call and response interplay with an electric guitar. Im’s vocals are pure perfection as always and the harmony variations are a pure delight to listen to, however they don’t sound particularly complex or difficult.
The track just doesn’t build to anything awe-inspiring. I think immersing the electro elements just collides with the throwback style Im is trying to explore. The lyrics are uninspired and simplistic, however in terms of their repetitive nature the track is sure to get radio plays. I feel as though Dami Im can do so much better than a silly song that works off the success of Trainor. Her vocals are some of the best in the business and this track barely showcases a shred of her talent. Smile is disappointing because while it is a feel good song, it simply doesn’t have the memorable quality that the great throwback track Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars has. Smile doesn’t bring a fresh twist on the style and doesn’t take the genre to its full potential. I really hope Im backs away from this genre and starts to build her way back to some great music.