If you know the name William Beckett you likely know of his tenure as the front man to The Academy Is… and if you are a fan of the band you know of their timely demise. Beckett announced he would start a solo career and “Compromising Me” is the first official product of this promise. I’ll start with some slight generalities: this is a pop song that seems handcrafted for radio play. This is a good career move for Beckett, starting off his solo career with a song like this, but its safe to say he isn’t showing the great artistic side that was present in TAI. I think it is a good precursor at best, but this song will be heard and loved by top 40 listeners who really don’t know shit about what exactly they are listening to. Like your average American Idol fan. (IE: my dumb sister.)
The guitar is made up of some rock-band, high-school talent show quality riffs; its really nothing special by any means. Beckett drags you in and keeps you around with his vocals and lyrics, its always been where he has shined, though the chorus and bridge just scream manufactured pop-song, the verses are solid. His vocal delivery is on point but I am sure he harmonizes with himself on the track, which is great but what happens during a live show? I don’t want to hear half a song. There is also whistling, that’s a plus in my book; who doesn’t like a good whistle here and there?
I am convinced this song will be a success on paper, but I can’t help but harbor a feeling of slight disappointment after listening. Let it be known that I feel it is by no means a bad song, it’s just one of those songs you love if you haven’t heard anything better and I have. This sounds like the kind of song Big Time Rush would want to make when they grow up. We know you’re capable of better, William. Just show us.