Every so often, a piece will be sent our way, and names on them or associated with them seem like they’re heavy enough to play havoc with our mailbox size limits – and this piece, featuring the talents of the one and only Nile Rodgers, is one of them.
No Words Needed showcases a brand of synth-pop with little funk elements that would probably blend in somewhere nicely on a Heart’s Club Classics mix.
Sadly, though, “blend in” is probably the operative term here. While there isn’t anything inherently bad about this song, there doesn’t really appear to be anything that drives it home to make it a hit: the opening verse isn’t really written in a way to really include any repeated melodic items to encourage any catchiness, and the first chorus kicks in in a manner that doesn’t really phase the listener as it arrives. With the exception of a couple of lines in the bridge section, the vocal is trying to be all things to everyone – torn between being gutsy and sultry, it unfortunately results in just being, well, there. Don’t get us wrong: there’s nothing wrong with the vocal on this track – Rebecca Ferguson does a fantastic job of hitting all the right notes at all the right times – but it does end up being about as forgettable as a breakfast menu to an amnesiac at dinner time.
Sadly, the lyrics to No Words Needed don’t quite save it either. Despite some attempts at flirtation in the content of this song, with references to things running down the narrator’s body, it carries all the excitement of 50 shades of beige.
Notwithstanding the lack of pizzazz, the production on this track is perfectly good – as you’d expect from a song recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios – and it’s this element that provides almost all the sense of a journey, with some really well layered instrumentation that manages to take all the 80s trappings here and spices them up with the occasional more modern element.
It must be said though, that for all the name-dropping going on (and the talents of Nile Rodgers are definitely recognisable here and definitely help), No Words Needed is distinctly average. All in all, then, this is the audio equivalent of a margherita pizza. It might not be your first choice, but you certainly wouldn’t run away from it.
Of course, though, this is just our humble opinion. If you’d like to take a listen to No Words Needed, you can do so on your streaming platform of choice, and find out more about Rebecca Ferguson on her Instagram page.