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Single Review: "Habits" by Tove Lo

Swedish singer Tove Lo has been riding radio airwaves with her hit single, “Habits.” The track smoothly blends electronic instrumentals with Tove Lo’s original melody. With heavy drums, backup vocals and her own delicate voice, the song spans an upbeat pattern with its unforgettable beat.

Tove Lo introduces a series of bad habits throughout the song as she sings about a lover that’s left her that the songstress seems to be trying to forget and will do anything to make even the memory of that lover a thing of the past.

Perhaps what makes the song so catchy isn’t its unique blend of instrumentals or even the relatable lyrics, but the use of smooth, well integrated backing vocals and the words “oh oh,” that are first introduced at the beginning of the song but carry throughout the track almost concluding each sentence. The only exception is the chorus but even so, there are light backing vocals integrated that echo the chorus itself.

While lyrics like, “spend my days locked in a haze, trying to forget you babe, I fall back down. Gotta stay high all my life to forget I’m missing you,” may suggest that the song is depressing following a love that’s fallen apart, the instrumentals make it a fun song to listen to that is sure to easily become one of the most played songs on your playlist without even thinking about it.

It’s no doubt that Tove Lo can pen a catchy chorus, she certainly proves that in “Habits,” making it a mascara-smudging pop song about breakup and a very successful, radio-friendly debut.

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