Thursday, March 3, 2011

The JaneDear Girls, "Shotgun Girl"

It's hard to tell what the point of this song is.  As far I can suspect, the only reason for this song's existence is to provide an image of a pickup truck, namecheck "Waylon, Willie, and Merle," and then to get to the cutesy "Yeah-eh-eh" hook.  The song merely paints a generalized picture of a typical stereotype, refusing to add anything new or interesting of its own.

It doesn't help that the Susie and Danelle's vocals on this track sound like they could be those of any karaoke wannabes randomly plucked off the street.  Their performance here is not only weak, but totally devoid of color and character.  Their vocal delivery is every bit as stale and boring as the song itself.

For a single to be truly great, it needs two things:  Great lyrics, and a great performance.  "Shotgun Girl" has neither.  There is nothing saving this single, so it just ends up one enormous dud.  Even if tone-deaf radio programmers spin it all the way to number one, it will still be a dud.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)