Poor choices lead to a lack of cohesion on the latest Kellie Pickler release. There’s such an incongruity between the softly sung verses and the bombastic chorus that it’s hard to get a handle on how she’s asking the titular question. Is she angry? Sad? Disappointed? Disbelieving? Take any twenty seconds of the song, and you might get a different answer.
The song would’ve been more effective if they’d picked one approach. Simply removing the overwhelming backup singers in the chorus would’ve made a huge positive difference, as they destroyed the intimacy that Pickler’s performance had established in the first verse. Alternatively, they could’ve some backup singers or a tougher-edged production in the first verse to properly build up to the blowout chorus. Either approach would’ve been better than the confusing mishmash we’ve been given here.
Written by Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, and Troy Verges
Listen: Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You
I have to disagree. I do think the production on the single was better on her first album Small Town Girl as the latest version add a little too much production for me especially in the end but i think this is a wonderful single choice for Kellie and she will hopefully score her second top ten single with this great ballad.
As for the comment for the mishmash of emotions. Do you not run the gamut of emotions when you lose someone close to you. Anger? Sadness? Disbelief? I think this song accurately captures the cycle of human emotion when you lose a lover.
Small Town Girl Version- A-
Kellie Pickler- B+
I’ll agree she doesnt sell this song the greatest. She lost me on selling songs after ‘Don’t You Know Your Beautiful’ I dont understand how she can get up on stage and sing that message to little girls after the work shes had done on her face and body. Another average song from a manufactured singer.
A bit harsh..
maybe a grade of B is more appropriate
Weak verses, but huge chorus.