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Review: "Trust Nobody" - Chris Bates

When you’re going through struggles with your mental health, it is important to have a strong support system. In his powerful pop ballad, “Trust Nobody,” Chris Bates sings about how hard it can be to find one. His past experiences have made him weary about letting people in. At the same time, he does not want to carry the burden alone. I think Bates’s story is one that a lot of people can relate to. It is very brave of him to be vulnerable and use his musical talent to share his struggles. Listeners going through similar experiences will hear his sincere lyrics and know that they’re not alone.

Even though this song has a sad mood, I found the instrumentation to be very calming. Some specific elements I enjoyed were the strumming of guitar and Bates’s harmonies. In terms of the lyrics, there are a lot of powerful lines throughout the track such as, “It’s like I’m trapped outside my body, and I don’t know how to get in.” You can really hear the raw emotion in Bates’s voice as he sings these words and similar lines. The powerful lyrics mixed with the calming music was a great combination, as it shows that he’s okay with the sadness. The power on the verses builds and builds until the chorus when Bates declares that he can’t trust himself or anyone else. As a whole, “Trust Nobody” shows that music is the one of the healthiest coping mechanisms for all types of emotions, especially the negative ones.

Chris Bates is a pop artist from Auckland, New Zealand. His musical inspirations include Justin Bieber and Charlie Puth. Bates likes to be vulnerable with his listeners when it comes to music. “Used to This” comes off of his 2020 EP, “they don’t know a thing about me.” Similar to “Trust Nobody,” it has a very smooth sound and deals with the all too relatable experience of getting over a breakup. His other song, “17,” comes off the second part of his first EP. It is about being young and learning lessons in love. Bates has done some awesome work already and I can’t wait to hear what else he comes up with!

Written By Kelli Dixon



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