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  • Hailey Schap

Review: "Best Friend (Never Let Me Down)" - Bolier

“Best Friend (Never Let Me Down)” is Bolier’s latest release, a cover of the classic by Depeche Mode. It’s a song about living in the moment, a memory, so bringing it into the future is more than appropriate. The moment described in the song is one of euphoria and being truly present, “watching the world pass us by” the lyrics echo, presenting the idea of being alone when you’re with a particular person. A “best friend”, a partner, someone whose victories and greatest moments, such as this, feel as your own. However, there is a note of something off in the atmosphere with lines calling out the perfection of “tonight” seeming to notice there is a lack of such perfection otherwise as well as fears of this moment ending being repeated. It is when you share these moments that this risk comes into play, this is displayed with the more anxious lines being fears of the “best friend”. “I hope he never lets me down”, the key words used in the original title, express this obsessive fear and yet, maintain the adrenaline of the moment. Those thoughts are what make the song, the moment, and the presence of another within it noteworthy.

The song begins with an electronic, fast paced, beat which continues as the first lyrics “I’m taking a ride with my best friend” echo over it. This line sets the scene, and makes the listener feel as if they’re in a speeding car right beside them. The music slows slightly beyond these words, allowing the next, more emotional segment space. That is, the infamous “I hope he never lets me down again”. Bolier has modernized the song, bringing in layering of the singer's voice and adding an even greater psychedelic effect to the song. After the first admission of anxieties, the pace picks up again and loops you back into the moment. The chorus repeats before the song comes to a close with a resonating silence after a final “I hope he never lets me down again”.

“Best Friend (Never Let Me Down)” was a prime example of Boliers work, being known for his electronic pop sound. He’s been in the industry for a while, gaining his first notability back in 2014 in a collaboration with Redondo for “Sunshine”. They worked together several more times including work on singles “Forever and a Day” and “Every Single Piece”, a song which remains one of Bolier’s top streamed today with over 12 million listens. In 2016 he found himself working with Bob Marley & The Wailers on a new release of “Is This Love”, the single which holds the number one streamed spot on his Spotify today with over 150 million streams. In more recent years, he’s been on tour, been recognized as one of the top 101 producers of 2022, and received awards as well as a massive fan base with over 13k followers on Instagram and 800k on Spotify. Follow these accounts below and stream “Best Friend (Never Let Me Down)”.

Written By Hailey Schap



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