Single Review: Steel Magnolia, “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)”


June 5, 2010

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loads/2010/06/Steel-Magnolia-Just-By-Being-You-150×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ />That’s quite a bit of title for so little song. Late nineties filler rock continues its transition on to the country airwaves, as Steel Magnolia sings a song that could put a Matchbox Twenty fan to sleep.

It’s not so much bad as it is unnecessary. By the end of the song, I’m still wondering, “Why did this need to exist?”

Certainly two vocalists this talented can come up with something more worthy of their time and effort.

Grade: C

Listen: Just By being You (Halo and Wings)

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  1. TomNo Gravatar says:

    …drown this in paisley’s water and pull the plug. then again, if you are an eskimo and don’t understand a word of what’s going on in these songs, you might kinda enjoy the way they sound.
    now, i have to do some roof-repair on my iglu. bleedin’ global warming.

  2. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    I do have some respect for Steel Magnolia. I think that they are two of the most talented young vocalists currently heard on country radio. Meaghan’s voice in particular is very soulful. The problem I have with them is that they tend to go for style over substance. They’re usually fun to listen to, but so far none of the Steel Magnolia songs that I heard had very impressive lyrics. “Keep On Lovin’ You” is just a guilty pleasure of mine!

  3. NicolasNo Gravatar says:

    I hated their debut single, and although this is a big improvement… I’m not sold on it either

    Can You Duet found better talent in its first season; I’ll take Joey + Rory over them

  4. ErikNo Gravatar says:

    “Why did this need to exist?”

    Exactly the question I have been asking myself in regards to the new Underwood single. ;)

    Back on-topic: I didn’t think much of their debut single, but I do think this is better. I think Joshua has a really, really great voice.

  5. BillyNo Gravatar says:

    Wait a second, did you just use Matchbox 20 as an insult? Push and Unwell were great.

  6. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Fine. Matchbox Twenty is definitely a guilty pleasure for me.

  7. Dan MillikenNo Gravatar says:

    Matchbox Twenty is pretty vanilla, but I can’t help loving Rob Thomas. Sings great, writes great hooks.

    I agree with the review, though.

  8. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Ditto to Robb Thomas and the review.

  9. JCHNo Gravatar says:

    Matchbox 20 is loosely associated with mediocrity these days. However, when I hark back to 1998 I still find myself having a soft spot for the band.

  10. Kevin John CoyneNo Gravatar says:

    I actually like Matchbox Twenty, but they do stick to a middling groove that is kept lively by Rob Thomas, who is an awesome singer.

  11. BillyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I guess that you’re right. Rob Thomas’ vocals and writing chops are what keep the band going. Rob’s solo work is even better than the more recent Matchbox albums, actually. Cradlesong was one of the best mainstream albums of last year.

    Anyway, about the song, it’s just decent at best. Hopefully next time they find something a little more lively.

  12. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    I have to agree with Nicolas one point. Joey + Rory are definitely better than Steel Magnolia. But a slick country-pop love song like “Keep On Lovin’ You” was definitely more acceptable to country radio than a neotraditional barn-burner like “Cheater, Cheater.” I personally enjoy listening to both acts, but if I had to choose which one I would hear on country radio, I would definitely choose Joey + Rory.

  13. SusanNo Gravatar says:

    Lady A from time to time has been guilty of the same POP lyrics too!

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