One of the more subtle deep cuts on Renaissance, "Plastic Off the Sofa" is a sultry song that showcases Beyonce's vocal dexterity. The track is smooth and sexy, with subtle snaps and rhythmic bass. It's the slowest groove on the album, and Beyonce's vocal runs and riffs are hypnotizing. Several musicians have tried to recreate Beyonce's riffs on YouTube, and it's a challenge that requires plenty of vibrato, jumping around the scale and breath control.
This sultry track is about love that thrives on quirks and a genuine connection. It's also a statement about the importance of removing your guard in relationships and being open to vulnerability. This is especially important for people who are constantly in the public eye, like Beyonce.
The song's title refers to the plastic that is used on some sofas to protect them from dirt and stains. Beyonce is implying that her relationship with Jay-Z is a loving and caring partnership that allows them to be vulnerable.
Musically, the song is written in the key of F# Major. According to Theorytab, this is the 10th most popular key in pop music. The chord progression is simple and melodic, with the dominant seventh chord dominating the harmony. The song has above average scores for Chord Complexity, Melodic Complexity and Chord-Melody Tension. The song also has above average scores for Chord Progression Novelty and Chord-Bass Melody. Overall, it's a well-written and captivating track.