Sunday, July 28, 2013

American Girl | Bonnie McKee

Rating: ★★★★☆

For the first time in almost ten years, singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee is getting away from the writing table and moving to the spotlight with her newest single, "American Girl."

There had been a lot of mentions of McKee on Gaga Daily lately, and one of the first videos I saw from her was an acoustic medley of some of the songs that she helped write for artists like Katy Perry and Britney Spears. 

That video left a bad taste in my mouth because McKee was pretty much screaming into her microphone rather than singing. Everybody on the site seemed to mention this same thing, but complimented her new single, so I took a trip to YouTube to see the music video, and I actually really liked both the song and the video.

"American Girl" is pretty average in terms of production, but its lyrics are so cute and quirky that it's hard not to love the song. Most of the lyrics portray McKee as a horny, misbehaving young American... Seems pretty accurate, eh? Some people have said that the lyrics don't accurately portray Americans to people from other countries, but apparently those people haven't been enrolled in a public high school before.

The video carries the same theme as the song, with plenty of references to the 1990s, especially in terms of fashion. The over-sized and studded varsity jackets, novelty mini-skirts, and big golden chains; they all give me a feeling of nostalgia and make me think about what was 'in' just before the turn of the century.

The song is cute. It may not sound too different from what else is out there today, but its lyrics stand out much more than its production. The video is definitely a plus, because it gives me a feeling of nostalgia, and it's just fun; she's not trying to hard to be deep and meaningful. I usually like more creative songs and videos, but once in a while there's one fun little tune that catches me off guard and I can't help but love it.

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