Gotye - ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ single review

Mournful duet from Gotye and Kimbra that blends into a perfect storm.

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| By Martin Davies | Rating: 5
Gotye - ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ single review

Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' is that rare example of a track that hits you squarely between the eyes.

'Somebody That I Used to Know' is instantly captivating. You've likely heard it as it's penetrated its way slowly onto the mainstream stations. The official music video has now claimed over 75 million views on YouTube, giving both Gotye and Kimbra their break into the mainstream whether they planned it or not.

Raw and bass-driven, 'Somebody That I Used to Know' is given its soul with Gotye's voice - a vocal hybrid of Peter Gabriel and Sting - it melts over to bass with palpable raw emotion. His voice is at its most effective when, eyes-clamped and head back, he bewails a love now lost in the chorus: 'Now you're just somebody that I used to know.'

While Kimbra's vocal has been likened to that of Katy Perry's, that observation sells her somewhat short. Her vocal is clean and sugar-soaked, and undoubtedly - when it's tipped to full tilt it - bears an uncanny resemblance to the American popstar. But outside the chorus, it is worn and melancholic. She weaves her melodic vocal around Gotye's pained outbursts in the most perfect storm.

The blend leaves the listener captivated and unable to resist the repeat button.