I officially bring you my first music review of 2017. It seemed right for my first music review to be about the song that I discovered at the end of 2016 (and it’s been on constant replay ever since).
Full disclosure: I’ve listened to Paul McDonald’s music before but nothing ever really resonated with me. Though beautiful, his music never captured my entire attention; that is until I found his song “Over” within a random playlist on Spotify.
Are you in need of a gut-wrenching song that may grab a hold of your soul and force you to feel emotions that you constantly suppress? Well, you’re in luck because Paul McDonald has poured himself into his song “Over” and my heart is just starting to catch it’s breath from the emotionally-draining ride.
I knew one of these days you’d be calling me crying.
Your new love has all wrung out and you’re realizing it.
I could’ve told you how it would all play out.
Funny how you listen because you’re missing me now.
Yeah, funny how you’re listening now.
Whether this song is autobiographical or not, there is no denying that McDonald gave it his all in this song. You can hear it in the desperation of the vocals, in the urgency of the music and the heartbreak within the lyrics. This song had me with the first sentence and the progression of the song brought back memories that I constantly try to forget. Isn’t that the beauty of music though? Paul McDonald has created this beautiful song and is currently unaware of the effect it’s had in my life.
Though it is heartbreaking, “Over” is worth listening to. You won’t be dissecting the vocals, you won’t be stripping the instrumentation and you won’t be looking up the lyrics by the end of the song. “Over” stands in its heartbreaking honesty and the musical journey is completely worth taking Within the three minutes and eighteen seconds, Paul McDonald somehow tears your heart open and then proceeds to slowly put it back together.
Girl, you can tell me that it’s all your fault
and you can tell me that i’m all you’ll ever want.
You can tell me how you’ve made mistakes
but it’s the same shit over and over.
The same shit over and over.
This song had me slowly falling in love with the artist that is Paul McDonald and I am now determined to go back to his earlier discography to listen with fresh ears and an open heart. Paul McDonald is what is needed in the music world; a man who is unapologetic in his vulnerability and an artist who will bare his heart in order to share his craft with the world. He is currently working on new music and I cannot wait to hear what else he creates.
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