Single Review: Keith Anderson, “She Could’ve Been Mine”

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January 5, 2009

keithandersonA slow-tempo song rehashing an old romance, “She Could’ve Been Mine” is an exhibition of Keith Anderson’s range; his falsettos that accompany its final fade are impressive, if superfluous.

But a little dollop will do ya, and Anderson lays it on thicker than the sugary icing slapped on a Publix bakery cake. Saving the vocal acrobatics would’ve made a more sonically-pleasing effort. The “Lost in This Moment” singer and co-writer actually loses himself in this moment; his light, airy voice sounds like a stiff wind would come and blow it away.

The twist in the second verse shows some inspiration, but most of “She Could’ve Been Mine” sounds like a sequel of his signature hit, “Every Time I Hear Your Name.”

Grade: C

Written by Keith Anderson and Chuck Cannon

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  1. Soul Miners DaughterNo Gravatar says:

    I got nothing for the song or Keith Anderson but mentioning the Publix bakery did stir a craving for one of their keylime pies.

  2. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t like Anderson’s slow songs. His voice really can’t handle them well. I can stand his more uptempos songs because the stronger melodies can sometimes cover up what his vocals lack.

  3. Cowboy BleauNo Gravatar says:

    First LeAnn, gotta disagree with ya. I think Keith dominates with his ballads and see them as his strong points.

    Second Blake, I think “I Still Miss You” is his biggest hit to date isn’t it? It hit #2, ETIHYN only made it top 10.

    Third I’m excited you guys are getting back in the groove and our difference in opinions over this song excites me more for what’s to come this year. Keep up the good work guys.

  4. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Cowboy, bring it on, Buddy!:) We’re excited about 2009 too.

  5. Blake BoldtNo Gravatar says:

    @Cowboy Bleau: I have to hand it to you; I checked online this morning and was really surprised to see that “I Still Miss You” (which is also a bit of a knockoff of “Every Time”) went all the way to No. 2 in September on the singles chart.

    “Every Time” still feels like his signature hit (to me) because nearly everything else since then has followed a similar template. Do you have a preference among Anderson songs? (I read your review of this one this morning.)

  6. JadeNo Gravatar says:

    What happen to “Somebody Need a Hug”? I love that song!

  7. Blake BoldtNo Gravatar says:

    “Somebody Needs a Hug” died a quick death at radio late in the fall, so they’ve decided to start the new year with this ballad.

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