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on May 26, 2011
This album is almost perfect. All of the songs are very simple and relaxing. Most of them are about romantic love, one song dedicated to her father about how grateful she is to have him, and a couple that are about very depressing experiences in her life. It's typical stuff that most people experience at some point in their lives and can easily relate to. It's not lyrically or musically complex at all, just simple melodies played on an acoustic guitar with some drums and accordions and other light instruments in the background. No obscure allusions to other artists or cultural phenomena, no intricate poetry, just simple and straightforward, which is a good thing. Her voice is very soft and soothing as well, and you can feel the passion that she pours into each song.
But there is one song that prevented this album from being perfect IMO: "Down on My Knees." I don't understand how this is the big single of the album. It sounds nice, but the content of the song is very degrading to herself and to women in general. It's about some guy leaving her for another woman, and throughout the entire song she's literally whining and begging for him to come back. It reinforces the whole clingy woman stereotype and makes it seem like she NEEDS to be in a relationship or her whole life is meaningless. I don't get how anyone can listen to that and not be annoyed by the constant begging and whining. I get that a lot of people have gone through that experience of feeling like you need someone, but if I ever hear someone in real life saying the things that she says in the song, I wouldn't be able to respect them.
Unfortunately this is the opening track and the main single for the album. If this had been the first song I'd heard by her I most likely wouldn't have picked this up, but fortunately I heard of her through the song "Life is Real," which is a great song, just like every other song besides "Down on My Knees." If that track wasn't on there, or if she didn't sound so clingy and needy during the song, then this album would be perfect. It's still great regardless of that song, and I guess if you enjoy hearing a woman beg for a man to stay with her then you'll consider this to be a perfect album. I know I spent about 3/4ths of the review ranting about one song, but it's just frustrating that a potentially amazing album is only "almost" amazing because it was tainted by one bad song.