I’ve come to an agreement with myself. No, I’m not or in need of self-help/guidance/rehabilitation or whatever: it’s that The Saturdays’ management and Pixie’s management have a lot in common.
First, they’re both money-stinging fat-cats with nothing better to do than count the ways in which they can line their pockets. Evidence is in the fact that The Saturdays’ management shoe-horned Flo Rida into their single ‘Higher’ in the hope that it would sell more, and of course that ridiculous “mini-album” concept thing they got goin’ on.
Another thing they have in common is that they both can never seem to choose the right single for release. When Pixie announced the re-release of her dry-as-dead-bark début album, she confirmed it would accompany the single ‘Coming Home’, a duet with Jason Derulo. But alas, closer to the release date, we found out that the lead single would in fact be the emotionally vacuous ‘Broken Arrow’. And now, the release of that all-important and long-awaited duet with Derulo is being put off once again, this time in favour of an even more dire song, which incidentally, notches up her fourth ballad release out of just seven singles.
An odd thing with Pixie, is that whilst she’s very fond of these ballads, clenching her teeth through the parts where it all gets a bit much and warbling on with the vibrato of a mountain goat on a pogo stick, no-one else seems particularly bothered by them. Look at ‘Cry Me Out’ – that missed the Top 10 (peaked at #12), and then there was the woeful ‘Gravity’, which peaked at #20; ‘Broken Arrow’ also peaked at #12, and the way things are going, ‘Can’t Make This Over’ is going to miss the Top 20 altogether.
The song itself is actually quite dull, giving me the impression it was released because it’s supposedly a ballad for the festive season, but alas, the song discusses a laddie who’s not sparking Pixie’s interest anymore and how she “can’t make this over” because of almost exactly the same reasons she discussed in ‘Broken Arrow’.
Although ‘Can’t Make This Over’ is quite a bit catchier in places than ‘Broken Arrow’, Pixie’s earnest falsetto doesn’t work quite as well as I’m guessing she hoped it would. As sincere as she clearly intends to be, it does sound very, well, false. She continues with the typical tools of her trade: an army of metaphors and pejorative personifications mixed together with a humming middle eight that doesn’t exactly celebrate Miss. Lott the Singer or Miss. Lott the lyricist; the humming appears auto-tuned and the lyrics are as inoffensively uninspiring as a semi-deflated balloon.
Here’s the video. Something strange is definitely afoot…
I’ve got it! Everything is upside down! Yep. That’s it. Sign me up for the next Sherlock Holmes film please.
Pixie has never really provided much of a thrill to me on the musical front, nor does she come pre-packed with a boisterous bravado or some kind of interesting personality, she’s just another brick in the wall of generic popstars. ‘Can’t Make This Over’ is another production-line ballad with the credentials to be better than what it’s turned out to be, but from what I can hear, I’m tired of Pixie’s failed love life, particularly if it comes in the stale, vapid truism that ‘Can’t Make This Over’ comes in.
Rating: 2.0 STARS
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