SINGLE REVIEW: Bebe Rexha – Sabotage

Bebe Rexha is finally ready to unveil her sophomore record ‘Better Mistakes’ to the world on May 7. Following in the footsteps of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Sabotage’ that heralded the massive hits ‘I Got You’, ‘Meant To Be’ and ‘I’m A Mess’, she’s ready to deliver some more pop goodness to our airwaves. 

To coincide with the album announcement, she’s also dropped the vulnerable ‘Sabotage’ which was co-written by Australian/New Zealand pop royalty Jon Hume (former lead singer of Evermore) as well as Michael Matosic, Greg Kurstin and Michael Tighe. This dark and brooding ballad returns to the anthemic emotional storytelling of ‘The Monster’ and ‘You Can’t Stop The Girl’, and draws you in with its honest heart. 

“Why do I sabotage everything I love? It’s always beautiful until I fuck it up” she sings during the opening moments of the song. Immediately capturing the ideology that she always messes things up that she loves, she leans into her insecurities and anxieties surrounding this side of her personality. “I’m my own worst enemy and think you are” she further unravels while she describes constantly running away from good things. And the whole song is full of this beautiful and honest introspection, that you’ll find personal solace in so many different lines. “Why can’t I let myself be happy? Why do I gotta get in my own way? My shoes are worn out, always running from the reasons that I really wanna stay” 

Contrasting this vulnerability with a cinematic production, it gradually builds with big guitars, keys and drums. It’s one of those big arena ballad moments that you can already imagine all the mobile phone lights twinkling while they sway side to side. It’s a strong and beautiful moment that spotlights the vulnerable side of her artistry compared to the previous seductive and fun singles ‘Baby, I’m Jealous’ and ‘Sacrifice’.