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Posted by purplemary54 on March 9, 2014

This is sort of the aural equivalent of chick lit: a romantic/break-up song that feels empowering while reinforcing traditional gender roles and stereotypes.  (Seriously.  If she really wanted to get married to the guy, why didn’t she just ask him herself?)  Unlike yesterday’s song from Bob Mould, this really is musical junk food.  But I kind of love it, anyway.

“Georgia” is one of those “Country” songs from the 90s that sounds a lot more like Easy Listening Pop.  I don’t know much about Carolyn Dawn Johnson (and honestly don’t care), except that there was another single from this same album that I think was a bigger hit.  I have no idea what’s happened to her since this came out (it was from her debut).  Maybe she disappeared; maybe she’s huge.  I just know that she was one of many Faith Hill knockoffs that littered Country music airwaves for a few years.  The song is better than the average copycat hit, but it’s not really original.

Sometimes that’s what you want to hear, though.  It’s fun, and, yeah, it’s kind of empowering.  Ditching a dead-end romance in a dead-end town (maybe even a dead-end life) sounds like a perfect way to find your own strength and voice.  The song might not be outstanding artistically, but it’s well-crafted and performed.  That’s good enough for me.


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