June 30, 2013
While her pop-punk band remains on indefinite hiatus, former Hey Monday frontwoman Cassadee Pope attempts to re-start her career through the reality show strategy, having now been packaged into a country music star with a little help from The Voice. Her debut country single “Wasting All These Tears” is weighed down by problems that tend to be common among former reality show contestants, foremost among which is a failure to stay out of the way of the song.
In listening to “Wasting All These Tears,” it’s disheartening to note just how irrelevant the actual song feels to the overall project. Her performance feels extremely disconnected as she hits the notes prettily, but with little personal flair or sense of first-person authenticity. As a listener, one doesn’t get the sense that she has any real emotional investment in the song. As she forgoes subtlety and nuance in favor of empty belting, it becomes all too clear that this is all about the singer.
Besides the song itself being treated as a mere accessory, there’s too much clutter in the mix for “Wasting All These Tears” to work on any meaningful level as a vocal showcase. Screeching electric guitars and murky background vocals place needless barriers between Pope and her listeners, making it difficult to even understand the words she is singing.
Unfortunately, a closer look at the lyrics shows a song riddled with odd unclear metaphors (“My loneliness was a rattle in the windows”) and trite phrases (“I’ll do everything I gotta do to get you off my mind”). The didactic, heavy-handed treatment all but kills off whatever potency the song might otherwise have carried.
Written by Rollie Gaalswyk and Caitlyn Smith