Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Grace Carter – Why Her Not Me

Why, indeed…


Joshua Minsoo Kim: Relentless in its employment of plodding piano chords, “Why Her Not Me” successfully sets up a framework for contemplation and catharsis. Thoughts and emotions are allowed to brew during the verses, slowly escalating with a driving drum beat before Grace Carter belts out the titular line. Curiously, this is a song about the singer’s father and his decision to abandon her, but its lyrics could easily befit a song about an unfaithful romantic partner. While there’s something to be said about the shared experiences that stem from any sort of betrayal, the desire for universality here sacrifices the emotion inherent in specificity.

Will Adams: A dyad of equally cynical songwriting tricks: a lyric that’s been sanded down enough to be more accessible, and a build-a-ballad template that has all the fix-ins of stern piano, syrupy strings and Big Important Drums (why this not drum ‘n’ bass?). But these tricks are common enough — by the end, the question isn’t why but who cares?

Katherine St Asaph: Is there some sort of gene I’m missing that makes staid piano ballads sound like Real Music for Once, rather than the idea tundras inhabited by Shitty A&R Guys who only know Adele and Rihanna’s “Stay”? Point deducted for the Gaga-esque rep-rep-repeating syllables; at least when she did it, the track sounded lively.

Thomas Inskeep: One Adele is enough for me, thanks.

Alfred Soto: K Michelle and Tamia get no pop airplay while dross like “Why Her Not Me” does Rihanna mirror moves? It’s so average that it’s not even terrible.

Nicholas Donohoue: In the description of the music video, Grace Carter states, “Everyone can relate to the feeling of not being good enough and the frustration that comes with that.” Touching, but that’s a blow to the knees to her own artistry, by trying to make something for everyone, she made something for no one. The title and background of the song are a strong kernel, but everything else is a mess. The biggest wrinkle is any distinction that this relationship is about a parent and child is ironed out and just generics the words to match the by the strokes sad music.

Edward Okulicz: That the real, lived-in sadness that birthed “Why Her Not Me” comes out, particularly on the “waahhhhhh heeeeer!” in the chorus, as a gruesome whine suggests that Grace Carter’s songwriting needs a few more years to mature and she’s not quite ready to be the sound of 2019. I suppose if not her then someone else, but why her, BBC?

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One Response to “Grace Carter – Why Her Not Me”

  1. lmao at this placing higher than Rosalia

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