May 8, 2012
So let's talk about hooks and melodies for a minute.
They're kind of important, you know. They give the listener something to grab onto, making the song accessible and memorable. A great melody can hold as much power to connect with a listener as a great lyric, and a great hook can convey thoughts and emotions beyond what words themselves mean.
That's a large part of what's missing from the new Lady Antebellum single, as it was missing from a large portion of their previous output. “I guess I wanted you more” is not a great hook, nor even a reasonably good one. The melody has so little rise and fall that it comes across as little more than monotony.
Great hooks and melodies are particularly important if the lyric itself has no real heft or substance to it, which is undoubtedly the case here. This particular lyric, penned by a seven-head writing committee, crumbles under the weight of vague, hollow imagery and awkwardly forced rhyme schemes. The lyric is also an ill fit for the duet treatment it is here given, as we hear two vocalists singing “I guess I wanted you more” back and forth to each other. (So who wanted who more?)
As if to compensate for the song's manifold weaknesses, producer Paul Worley attempts to lend intensity to the track by surrounding the vocalists with a chaotic mess of orchestral swells, while Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott are screaming their heads off. That leaves “Wanted You More” a shoddily constructed, miscalculated mess of a single.
Written by Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Matt Billingslea, Dennis Edwards, Jonathan Long, and Jason “Slim” Gambill
Listen: Wanted You More