Stephanie Brownlee – Keep It Real : Single Review
Just for the record, I DON’T hate Taylor Swift.
Many find her saccharine and preposterously vanilla, but her country-pop tunes are just so darn-tootin’ likeable, I must admit. When she speaks, I do want to beat myself in the head with the Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus in One Volume, but that’s another kettle of annoying fish.
My point being, pop music doesn’t need to be Lady Gaga rubbing her lingerie-d crotch on my TV screen, screaming of sado-masochism.
I do love ‘the Gaga’ also, but acts like Swift and Tamworth-cum-Noosa’s Stephanie Brownlee are penning the kind of singalong, daydream country-pop that can only accompany a beautiful summer like this (I am optimistic because it is not thirty-eight degrees today; do not talk to me on those days).
Keep It Real is the debut single from the seventeen-year-old Brownlee and has all the components of a sweet pop radio hit: wailing steel guitar, acoustic up front, sanguine vocals from Brownlee singing great, realist lines like, “I could write you just a stupid song, with stupid words/ Stupid lines you’ve already heard/ But I feel like you deserve better/ I could tell you that your eyes they shine like stars at night/ Your kisses bring me butterflies/ Wrap it up, end it with ‘forever’/ But who really talks like that?”
People often misconnect country and other country derivatives to the clichés you might find on CMC. Country music has come a long way since Hank Williams and it’s stamping out territory in the mainstream market, whether you like it or not.
But you will, because Keep It Real is a super catchy, effortlessly pleasant slice of earthbound pop.