Review: "90 Days" - Yael Danon
Going from a friendship to a romantic relationship has its benefits, as there is no awkward “getting to know you” phase. The other person already knows about all your habits and quirks. At first glance, the whole situation seems like a dream come true. However, if the romantic relationship does not work out, it could ruin the initial friendship as well. In her reflective pop ballad, “90 days,” Yael Danon proposes a solution to this dilemma. That is, she and her friend test out the romantic relationship on a trial period. If it doesn’t work, then they can go back to being friends. The song as a whole stresses how tricky love can be, and I’m sure that’s something a lot of listeners can relate to.
The instrumentation changes throughout the song. In the verses, you hear a slow creeping bass with a ticking clock in the background. I thought the clock sound was especially fitting because the title of the track is a set amount of time. When it gets to the chorus, the instrumentation increases in intensity with a piano and guitar. As for the lyrics, my favorite line was “you’re my Romeo and my best friend.” I think it does a good job of showing the contrast between friendship and love. I also thought the ending was interesting. The whole song is about her being nervous for an upcoming change in her friendship. We never get to see it in action though. In fact, the song ends with the words, “but if for any reason our love doesn’t last, can I have my friend back?” In other words, we never get to hear about what happens during or after the “90 days.” I love happy endings though, so I’m rooting for them.
Yael Danon is a trilingual singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Panama. She has loved performing since she participated in her school talent show. She once wrote all her songs down in a purple diary. So, it is only fitting that she is pictured with one on the cover of her debut album, “Diary Girl.” If you liked “90 days,” “Best Friends to Lovers” is a similar sounding song. It also sounds like it could be a resolution to the story that the previous track tells (I won’t spoil the ending for you). In contrast, “Don’t Miss You At All” is a song about embracing the freedom of “single-ness”. Danon is very vulnerable on this album, as she shows listeners both the good and bad sides of her life.
Written By Kelli Dixon
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