Jesse McCartney Want To “Get Back Together” but Isn’t “All About Us”
There are mixed messages behind the intricate beats of the new Jesse McCartney album Technicolor. And overall the content of the songs lyric wise is less than stellar. Initially I had expected McCartney’s newest album to be about finding a worthwhile relationship. As he said in a 2013 interview with Billboard, Technicolor is about “finding that special someone who puts the color in your world.” And yes, some of the album’s songs reflect this sentiment. “Tie the Knot,” “Back Together,” and the title track “Technicolor Part I” all speak to committing to a relationship. “Tie the Knot” was especially different because, although maybe nonchalantly, it talked about marriage, which is something unheard of in today’s music unless it’s described as “something dumb to do” a.k.a Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.”
The fact is Jesse McCartney can’t make up his mind about relationships and as a result neither can his album.
The mixed bag of songs varies from being those with starry-eyed lyrics like “I’ll reminisce with the stars tonight and think about how we knew them all by name / But they don’t shine half as bright ever since you walked away” to songs about drinking, carousing, and one night stands. “All About Us” picks up on this note with lyrics like “I know that she’s someone that I can trust / But commitment somehow feels like givin’ up / And I love this girl, but do I love her enough / To be all about us?” So Jesse wants to get back together but is not digging the commitment thing.
Overall, I was unimpressed by the lack of tact in the content of the album. The lyrics to majority of the songs are raunchy and pointless. I was especially disappointed given that the music itself has a fresh sound and recalls an old-school vibe of live band music that is a dying breed (it would already be dead without Michael Buble).
Jesse McCartney’s album sends mixed messages about wanting a relationship without committing. So what seemed early on like it was going to be a great album falls short of being notable because of the mixed messages & EXPLICIT content. His talent is truly displaced.
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