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Review: Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' ft. Kimbra - A Hauntingly Beautiful Breakup Song


The iconic, eerily beautiful breakup ballad "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Australian musician Gotye and New Zealand vocalist Kimbra has endured the test of time. The song has become a mainstay in the mainstream music industry because of its distinctive sound and stirring lyrics.


With its distinctive xylophone-like sound, the song's opening melody quickly establishes the mood. Gotye's vocals begin softly but intensify throughout the song, notably in the chorus when Kimbra's voice is also included. In the song's second half, harmonies and other instruments like horns and drums give the music depth and completeness.

In its lyrics, "Somebody That I Used To Know" describes a broken relationship and its consequences. Gotye's delivery of words like "You didn't have to cut me off / Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing" and "You didn't have to make out like it never happened and that we were nothing" eloquently captures the anguish and betrayal that frequently accompany a breakup. There are always two sides to a story, and Kimbra's reaction in the second verse and chorus demonstrates this by offering a contrasting viewpoint.


All things considered, "Somebody That I Used To Know" is a classic breakup song that has secured its position in music history. It stands out in the pop genre due to its distinctive sound and unfiltered lyrics.


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