September 11, 2008
Julianne Hough danced her way into the Top 20 with her first single, “That Song in My Head,” and she returns to action with the follow-up, “My Hallelujah Song.” It’s another in long line of country radio tunes designed to make listeners appreciate the important things in life. She’s thankful for the “angels helping (her) all along” and the peace that comes with believing that loving life will lead to love in her life.
Hough’s intentions are good, no question, but the material on her first album is fairly pedestrian and her voice is rather run-of-the mill. The trend continues on “My Hallelujah Song.” It’s awfully cliché-ridden (“Life is more than just the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away” is knee-deep in Hallmark territory) and we are given no idea of any personal struggles this young woman experiences that she has now risen above. We also don’t know what has caused her recent upturn in fortunes. While there’s really no fault in having a sunny disposition, it also stands to reason that her happy nature would have some foundation.
The arrangement is rather stripped-down in the beginning, and is actually attractive throughout, never trying to do too much. But this power-of-positive-thinking song rarely rises above the fluff of today’s mainstream country music due to its glaring omission of honest-to-goodness detail.
Listen: My Hallelujah Song
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