By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
The Movement is drenched in sunny synth with serious Cyndi Lauper vibes, yet grounded in the subdued singer-songwriter Who once was. Lyrically, the songs are well-constructed, smart, and catchy. The universal romanticism of "Somebody Loves You" paired with its Jazzercise-friendly, neon beat is what brought the song to No. 1 on the dance charts and made it a natural pick to soundtrack the heartwarming viral clip of a flash mob wedding proposal set in Home Depot that exposed it to many new listeners. (Who even sang at that couple's wedding.)
On Slow Dancing, Who pushes toward r&b. Working with a variety of producers and musicians, including Ghost Beach on "Lovin' Start," her sound has expanded and reinvented itself to something more sensual and mature, a shift she credits to a lengthy list of people and music moments in her life — her older brother's love of Eminem and Usher, a recent infatuation with Kanye West's The College Dropout, her band's r&b background, her manager's history as a funk drummer, and her boyfriend's obsession with Dr. Dre's The Chronic 2001.
But shifting and reshaping is at the center of who Who is. The criteria are simple: "I want to make music to spin to, music for people to dance in the shower," she says. "This is one of the only professions where, as you come up, no one has done what you've done," she says. "You are creating something new and being recognized for it. It's not like getting a promotion at a job because someone else had that promotion before you. You are utterly the master of your own destiny."