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Synthpop Single Review: "Only You Can Do It" by Séan

Karl is a longtime freelancer who's passionate about music, art, and writing.


Only You Can Do It by Séan is a song exploring the struggle to help someone in a difficult situation in which they won’t help themselves. It begins with the quick click of percussion that becomes a solid, hard-hitting drum beat with bass supporting it and pulses of twisting synth move through. Séan sings the vocal minor key, melancholy melody as the throbbing beat drives on and the twisting, twining synths move over the beat.

Crisp medium-high bells sounds move through the stuttering pattern of drums and bass. A steady, dark pulse slides through and oscillates and then sharp cutting synth noises touch the track. A rising, falling xylophone pattern moves in and through the song as the resonance of electric guitar growls in the background.

The narrator of this song is speaking to a friend who is struggling. Our narrator knows that “sometimes you just can’t sleep, so you stay awake” and pleads for the friend to give themselves a break. He adds, “ I understand if you don’t, no reason to be so cold.”

The narrator can empathize with the struggle of his friend as he says he knows that, “you’ve been sitting in the same hole and you don’t know how to get it out.” He knows that internally his friend is struggling because “you’re trying to figure it out ‘cause you don’t know who you are now.”

The difficult conclusion that the narrator reaches is the simple fact that “the truth is only you can do it.”

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Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 09, 2021:

I like the sound of this song. I've never heard of this singer before.

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