Un5gettable – “Sorry”
Ah, the vagaries of love. It’s endless fodder for misty-eyed odes to heartbreak or three chord rockers throwing their chins up in the air and pointing fingers. We’ve heard all of those songs. What we haven’t heard enough of, however, are songs that go right after how absurd people behave when they are entangled in another person’s life. Un5gettable addresses that need and then some. This is a talented and infinitely silly bit of satire parodying boy with a five piece of thirty something musical theater veterans leading the way. Their latest single, “Sorry”, tackles the laugh out loud ridiculousness that love and romance brings into our lives without ever once becoming strident or too serious. The pristine production pushes their considerable musical talents to the fore on this recording and the combination of humor and first rate musicianship and vocal talents makes for quite an appealing entertainment package.
The song’s joke, which this review will not ruin, is a slowly developing one that pays off on the choruses. This might give the impression that the track is, in essence, over by the first refrain, but it’s merely a lyrical hinge of sorts for songwriter Joe Cameron to elaborate further on the initial situation. The lyrical content has a surprisingly strong narrative slant which, maybe, accounts for how ultimately satisfying it is. Another key factor in that is the type of humor that the song pushes – this isn’t gutter or dark humor at all but, instead, situational comedy that puts the narrator in absurd situations sure to provoke a reaction from listeners.
The band’s strongest musical component is their vocals. Un5gettable was truly fortunate to align five voices so clearly sympathetic with each other in tone and texture. Their harmonies are pinpoint without ever sounding too clinical or over-rehearsed. They shine particularly bright on the song’s solid chorus and the impact of that moment reveals further evidence of how songwriter Joe Cameron has mastered the basics of constructing dramatic musical tracks. The comedic value is no restriction on him from eliciting a visceral response from the band’s listeners.
The remaining parts of the musical puzzle, particularly guitar, are not nearly as out of the ordinary in quality. The band clearly has solid chops in a number of areas and the instrumental accompaniment is spot on and confidently arranged. “Sorry” moves from one passage to the next with a gradual pull that seems natural and draws your attention deeper into the song as it progresses.
Songwriting like this, on first pass, might seem easy, but it’s quite rare. Cameron has a light, precise comedic touch and even the slightest modulation in his tone one way or the other could change a listener’s reactions. The musical intentions here are solid and delivered on professionally. Un5gettable might not be peddling the most topical of jokes anymore, but their brand of humor still retains a timeless relevance extending back much further than the recent boy band phenomenon. “Sorry” will entertain many.