I appreciate melodies that move a lot. This song is full of such melodies. There are nice hooks everywhere, and Ava Max’s vocal performance is spectacular. I actually heard the Majestic Remix of this song first, and while I first thought it was rather boring, because there wasn’t too much movement in the remix, but now I think it is better than the original version. The remix has a more interesting selection of sounds. And somehow the spirit of the song is conveyed better in the remix.
The core of any song is the composition itself, and I think So Am I is a nice composition. The melody is interesting, as it explores the scale pretty thoroughly. I prefer this kind of lively melodies, since quite many of the top pop songs rely on just a few notes, and are more about the rhythm (which is also usually repetitive and boring). They say that repetition is the key to a song being successful, and while it may be partially true, I don’t think that an endlessly repetitive song will pass the test of time. I’m always trying to write music that would last repeated listens. A good pop song should charm you on the first listen, but give you more each time you hear it.
Ava Max sings “you don’t need to fit into the format”, but the video follows the standard female pop artist dance choreography format. It’s not bad, and I do like the color grading, but I think that the song is more effective on its own.