Review – RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle”

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When it comes to RaeLynn and her music, I haven’t exactly been kind. It was for good reason though because the music was downright awful (and sexist in one case). I’ve probably been one of her harshest critics. But as I’ve said before I criticize because I care and I welcome any artist to turn it around and deliver something that will make me eat crow. I honestly never thought RaeLynn would do this though because I’ve been completely skeptical of her talent. Well she proves me wrong with “Love Triangle.” This was the song she should have always led off her career with because this song gives her credibility and shows an unseen side the world needed to see. It’s a reflective ballad based on RaeLynn’s own upbringing about being a child raised by divorced parents. She goes through the same old routine every week of splitting time between parents, going to the same old place and being caught up in all of the entanglements of her parents’ divorce. It’s a deeply personal song and RaeLynn does a great job of letting this shine through. In a world where divorce is common, I imagine many listeners will be able to connect with this song. The production is subdued and really lets the lyrics do the heavy lifting, which is the right call. Strong piano play and a little more steel guitar that shows up too briefly could have helped the song stand out even more though. RaeLynn is still a limited vocalist and a better vocalist would raise the final grade admittedly, but this is her best vocal performance yet. Overall RaeLynn shows and proves more with “Love Triangle” than she has proven and shown with every song she released before it. I gladly eat crow and praise RaeLynn for releasing such a mature single, which I hope is the sign of more better music to come from her.

Grade: 7/10

Recommend? – Yes

Written by RaeLynn, Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins

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10 thoughts on “Review – RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle”

  1. The sad thing is, Raelynn wanted to lead with this song all along (it’s not a new song), but BMLG chose “Girls”. It’s one (of many) reasons I’m really sour on BMLG as a company. Anyways, I love the song, and kudos to Warner for releasing it. While yes a stronger vocalist might have made a difference, I’m always partial to artists singing their own stuff, it makes it more personal to me.

    It’s also something to keep in mind that Raelynn is still super young (I know it seems like she’s been around forever), when critiquing her work. She’s still in many respects finding her voice.

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  2. Really personal song that relates so well to me as I am sure it relates to other people as well. Listening to her previous work and the songs released so far for her new album it’s still too much pop leaning for my liking. This song is really good though and I hope she releases more quality songs like this to radio. I’m surprised radio is giving this song a chance but, I guess it’s a sign the times r changing on Country radio.

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    • i”m not all that surprised this is doing well at radio because it speaks to the youthful demographic radio tries so desperately to reach. The difference is this is something real. It proves that young people can and indeed do relate to more than just bonfires and clubs and hooking up on tailgates. It’s a credit to that demographic.

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  3. And even in this particular case, RaeLynn doesn’t get in the way vocally because this type of song demands a sort of vocal that doesn’t come across as polished or confident. In a way, her limitations only make the song appear more authentic.

    But again, the song’s strongest suit is its lyrics.

    Do they have some tendencies towards laundry list songwriting? Yes, but in this case I don’t see it as a liability because they are essentially tapping into the Americana cliches that come with youth and where, when you’re young, we’re led to believe all the hype around all-American families doing all-American things is a dreamland for all. But I like the subtle knock on this all-too-familiar “Love Triangle” commits in depicting the divorced family members taking times going to two-dollar matinees and bowling alleys and soaking in all this imagery we were constantly sold growing up……………….only to find so much just isn’t the same at all, and it actually makes the whole situation feel even worse. Because countless well-meaning parents WANT to believe the dream is real for all families, but the chorus is a painful crash back to Earth.

    It’s a really good song and I’m gladdened you’ve reviewed it. It’s a Strong 7 to Light 8 from me.

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  4. Great review, Josh! In my opinion, I think it’s a great song. It is very mature and well-written. I agree that some steel guitar would greatly help it, but the production of the song is not nearly as clunky as her previous songs. Call me crazy, but I believe that the youthful tone of RaeLynn’s voice really helps in her delivery of the lyrics. I’m really glad that RaeLynn released this as a single. I’m thinking somewhere between a 7 to an 8 out of 10. Hoping this becomes a career hit for her.

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    • It still very well can.

      It has had very good sales relative to airplay since its release. Its streaming is excellent too: with the official video netting over 3.8 million views since its release in August of last year (despite being out for fewer weeks, Thomas Rhett’s current single has yet to match those numbers, and look awesome relative to Luke Bryan’s “Move” which garnered far more airplay to date and yet its video only just crossed the six million view mark). I don’t have enough knowledge in the way of radio callout and how this is faring in that department, but my guess is it’s going to be one of those type of songs that will likely have somewhat above-average negative scores for being “too slow” to some tempo-heavy listeners, but will be nonetheless offset by some of the best passionately positive scores as well.

      I expect a more polarized result for this one, but not in the way that would doom a track like “Said No One Ever” or “Donkey” in which both those tracks lacked a positive counterbalance.

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