Music review: Kelly Clarkson "Tie It Up"
In this new release, Kelly Clarkson attracts everyone from everywhere by making the prospect of marriage appealing to those who haven't even thought of it yet.
Country fans, rejoice! Kelly Clarkson dons her Southern charm with this delightfully charming wedding song. She manages to make it radio-friendly, which is a feat that is not easy, given that the last single to do this was Jagged Edge's "Let's Get Married" all the way back in 2000.
Fast forward to 2013. Now padding her portfolio with yet another divinely darling song, Kelly debuted the single at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. MTV reported Clarkson said to the crowd, "This is my first official set at a country... thing. I've been nervous all day because I wanted to be good for you!"
So, what's the verdict on the song?
Although I'm known for my steadfast opinions and obvious bias, I'm conflicted on this one. I want to like it because it's Kelly Clarkson. You know, the "Beyoncé" of pop music? You know, the unbelievably strong, seemingly fearless, self-assured and self-confident pro-women advocate with massive pipes that belts out relatable hits by the truckload?!
While I am still undecided on whether I like her for country music, I do know how I feel about the message of the song. I am overjoyed that finally someone has made wedding music attractive enough that even noncommittal people can enjoy it (the sound of it, not the lyrics obviously)! I mean, really, when is the last time you played Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses" or James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" at a party? "Tie It Up" makes the prospect of marriage not only attractive, but (dare I say it?!) fun. The song's drums and electric and acoustic guitars match up perfectly with enthusiastic clapping and a spirited Clarkson.
Go ahead, girl, you also made rationalizing your lover into marriage empowering. The song has a "YOLO" vibe, and it's actually amusing. How many girls do you know approach marriage with this attitude? With lyrics like:
"I love the ring of your name, you're the ying to my yang
Oh, baby, let's give it a shot
Every wall needs a frame, Every ball needs a chain
I'm talkin' about tying the knot"
She not only accepts the perception of marriage, but she makes light of it and encourages her man because their chemistry is through the roof ? so why not get hitched?! Perhaps she's speaking from experience, as this bubbly blond songstress is set to marry her beau Brandon Blackstock on Oct. 20 (although I don't think any man in his right mind would need convincing to marry Clarkson).
Perhaps she will sing this song to him on that momentous day? Why don't we crash to find out? Take a listen and let me know what you think readers. Does she hit or miss the mark?