You know, impassionate ballads that’re either cocky, compensating for something, or both. These songs usually suck, and I kind of love them.
Hey Soul Sister by Train is a perfect example, singer trying way too hard to be cool, stating things in stupidly unorthodox ways, and kind of oversinging? (“My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest” and “Lipstick stains on the front lobe of my left-side brains” respectively) How could you not love it? It’s a beautifully inept song that hit the pop charts extremely hard. It does, however, deserve an honorable mention on my post about music with art references, because the chorus references Mr. Mister, and one of the verses references Like a Virgin by Madonna. I can’t believe I missed that, I’m disappointed in you, N…
N-yway, there’s also songs like I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, that pretends to be more than it is, that being a shallow love song talking about checking your tongue in the mirror, and other such absurd phrasing. Half of this song is scatting, as well, and it’s decent, but not the best, Jason Mraz is a singer first, scatman second.
There’s also 7 Years by Lukas Graham, a band named after the front man, Lukas Graham (how pretentious). This song does not have an acoustic guitar, but it is still simplistic, with constant oversinging, a tonal problem of the gods, trying to be more than it is, and odd, over the top lyrics just to name a few. Being a white guy with an acoustic guitar is a state of mind. You could be an Indian woman playing an Accordion, and still be a white guy with an acoustic guitar if you had that state of mind.
These can be good songs, and I actually really enjoy two of these. The third is 7 Years. What do you think of my rambling? I have read every comment thrown my way thus far. On that note, maybe I can get my first ever comment this post?