“Love Me Like You Mean It”
Written by Kelsea Ballerini, Lance Carpenter, Josh Kerr, and Forest Glen Whitehead
This sounds like a demo recording for a Taylor Swift album that will never be recorded.
Credit to Kelsea Ballerini for co-writing her single and for not getting vocally lost in the shuffle of a fairly busy production. I suppose there’s some promise underneath all of the proceedings here, and there’s nothing inherently awful about any of it.
But it takes a special kind of narcissistic charm to pull off a laundry list of requests for a potential beau, and she has neither the outsize personality or outsize list of demands to pull this off. It would’ve worked better if she’d gone the vulnerable angle instead of the “I mean business” one, which she simply doesn’t have the assertiveness to convincingly convey.
It’s so milquetoast that it’s more like “Take it or Leave it” than “Love Me Like You Mean It.”