It’s taken some time to get used to the fact that Cassadee Pope made a completely out-of-nowhere musical switch from pop-punk to country, but it looks like the ex-Hey Monday singer is really making a name for herself in her new genre style. With the success of her first single “Wasting All These Tears,” there’s no doubt that it won’t take very long for “You Hear a Song” to reach the same popularity.
“You Hear a Song” begins and ends with light guitar strumming and really builds up with every line she sings. Each verse gives the listener a little more on why she’s singing to whoever the song is written for, whether it’s to her longtime boyfriend, All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson, or to a girl struggling to realize that maybe that guy really does like her for who she is. While the instrumentation is quite simple, it lets Pope’s clean and powerful vocals shine through to really showcase everything she has to offer, especially when she belts out the chorus filled with contradictions like “I see a mess in the mirror/ But you see the girl of you dreams” and “I hear this melody coming out all wrong/ But you hear a song.”
This song really takes you on a journey on the life of a young woman who longs to “…just let it all go” and be her true self in front of the one that she loves. She begins the song by telling us what she wants to do and moves on to the reasons why she’s afraid to open up after the first chorus. Her final chorus is so mesmerizing and by the end, it’s easy to tell that she’s finally strong enough to shoo away “all the ghosts of the past” and live her life happily.
“You Hear a Song” definitely has that coming-of-age feel to it and is no doubt geared toward her female fans. She sings of the insecurities that most young women feel when becoming serious in a relationship (like fear of the past repeating itself and feeling that no matter what they do they still won’t be good enough) in such an honest way that it makes the song beautiful. Either way, this song makes me excited about her upcoming country debut. It’ll definitely be interesting to see what the rest of Frame By Frame sounds like yet it’ll be hard to not want to compare it to her work in Hey Monday. Geez, October can’t come soon enough.