Thursday, June 5, 2008
Is It Just Me ...?
Or does Rihanna's "Take A Bow" sound like a gimmickier version of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable?" I don't like either song, but they basically tackle the same topic (woman kicking out pathetic man), only Rihanna's takes on this cheesy theme of equating the man's pleas to take him back with Masterpiece Theater.
I'm not saying her song blows, but ... "you're so ugly when you cry?"
I'm not a huge fan of Rihanna's although I do like one or two songs by her. And I initially wasn't that big of a fan of Beyonce's until "Crazy In Love" came out and I had to concede that she could throw down even if she tends to over do it a bit (which is why I don't like "Irreplaceable). I also find these sort of songs a little ridiculous.
I prefer furious to snarky when it comes to my jilted woman songs as I wrote in an earlier column. Snarky makes it sound like you're this superior, arrogant, schadenfreude-loving drama queen. You sound so Holier Than Thou that I'm saying "No wonder he cheated on you" to the radio. There's no real anger in "Take A Bow." There's no real examination of actual pain, no hurt, no damage. Only the fantasy of "You're perfect and he sucks."
It's an ideation of how we all wish we could act in a break up as opposed to what we actually do -- which is seethe, cry, possibly plot revenge then tearfully let it go. I'm not saying we all haven't fantasized about our jerks begging to take us back while we laughed manically, looking fabulous and 15 pounds slimmer, but most of us just gave his stuff to the Goodwill, cut him out of the pictures we wanted to keep, then lied around the house eating ice cream and listening to Sade.
Most of us are not that hard rock about it. We like to think we are, but we're not. It's OK to be jealous, hurt and act out as long as you don't do anything that could get you arrested. You're not weak if you can't coolly kick a man to the curb while telling him off ever-so-perfectly. You're just human. So give me a song about humanity.
And on second thought, "Take A Bow" does blow. I've seen Rihanna. She's cool, but I don't care what she sings. She does not look like that much of a badass.