The Problem With... Lady Antebellum's "Just A Kiss"
Bless my lucky stars! Lady Antebellum is back on the charts!
In the fall, they'll be releasing an album with the ominous title, Own The Night , which makes them sound like they're vampires or a street gang wearing 19th century dresses with huge skirts.
I do declare: They must have watched Vampire Diaries when they thought up the name.
Actually, I have a more realistic theory about Lady Antebellum.
I truly believe that they're just a Tennesseean rehash of New Braunfels' Own late-'90s, light rock trio,
Sixpence None the Richer. Listeners might remember that band's 1998 song
"Kiss Me," which became the flowery anthem to teenage romance after it
appeared on WB (pre-CW!) teen dramas, the film She's All That, and, later, in parody form, in Not Another Teen Movie.
Really. Listen to Lady Antebellum's latest track, "Just A Kiss." It follows in the young, chaste relationship theme that "Kiss Me" highlighted, starting off with a piano chord and climbing to a grandiose orchestral piece -- sorta like Aerosmith's "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."
Lyrically, "Just A Kiss" is pretty literal and bland. The only figurative lines are "the fire burning so bright" (spoiler alert: the fire represents sexual tension) and the "just a shot in the dark" bit in the chorus.
On the whole, this song seems kinda old-fashioned amongst all the outspoken and steamy acts in the Top 40. I guess, with a name like Lady Antebellum, we should expect that. Maybe the music industry's just covering their bases by serving the demographic that appreciates sugar-coated love ballads over brash statements like "Tonight, I'm fuckin' you!"
If not, well, then "Just A Kiss" will probably appear in sappy, modest teenage romantic comedies. If those types of movies still exist.
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