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Review: "Sober" - John Hugo



Have you ever loved someone so much that you were willing to do anything for them? Sometimes when we want to help the ones we love, they reject us without realizing how much it hurts. ”Sober” details wanting to help a loved one but not being able to. Sobriety is often a battle that a person needs to fight for themself and the singer, John Hugo, reflects on how it is hard to be there for a person as they spiral. John is very honest and vulnerable as he sings about the pain that can come when a loved one is struggling with sobriety, pleading at one point in the single. Although the track may seem dark and serious, the gorgeous synths give “Sober” a funky melody that will have you dancing.



“Sober” is the perfect blend of 80s synths and pop with amazing vocals from John. The singer shows his raw emotions with his somber lyrics and wonderful voice but keeps the song light with an upbeat melody. The single was initially written as a ballad due to the topic of sobriety, however, the song evolved into a groovy nostalgic pop song. The light melody instantly makes you want to dance. I can totally imagine this song being played at a dance before it becomes the song of the summer with its unique but familiar soundscape. This track is incredible and has fantastic vocals, a catchy beat, and outstanding synths.


John Hugo is an artist from Stockholm, Sweden. He was raised in a musical family, where he writes and records his music with his brother Ludvig Algonkin. His family’s love for music and early exposure became the foundation for his own musical journey, which led him to join choirs and bands growing up. John is inspired by artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The 1975, Harry Styles, and Prince. The singer is fascinated with music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s giving his sound a nostalgic vibe. The artist released his debut single in January 20223 titled “Old School”, which has a similar 80s feeling to it. Make sure to show John some support by giving his song a listen and clicking the links below!


Written By Stephanie Berning



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