Monday, June 7, 2010

Bomshel, "Just Fine"

Turn on your radio. Listen as "Just Fine" opens with a blazing fiddle intro. Dive for the volume knob when your ears are barraged with the sound of cacophonous, bass-heavy production. Raise your eyebrow in confusion as you try to make sense of the lyrics. Now, change the radio station, as the song has now hopelessly derailed.

Bomshel has been through a lot in the past few years. After having to replace original member Buffy Lawson, they have finally been able to release an album without it getting shelved, but have only achieved spotty success at radio. Members Kelley Shepard and Kristy Osmunson have talent and potential that cannot be denied, but their music has often suffered from poor production, not to mention the annoying habit of pandering to the tastes of female country radio listeners.

Their current single, "Just Fine," is possibly their biggest bust yet. The song's lyrics are nothing but a giant pile of cliches, and the storyline goes absolutely nowhere. Kelley and Kristy are barely audible over the loud and gimmicky country-rock production. The production is so overblown that the song is not even fun to listen to.

Due to the weak lyrics and poor production, the only hope for the song is the spunk and sass in the girls' performance, but that's still not enough to save it. "Just Fine" remains one big mess. For Bomshel, it's only the latest in a string of disappointing singles.

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