Welcome to Target Practice where bad popular songs of the past and present get shot. In recent Top 40 Reviews, I’ve expressed my lukewarm feelings about songs that got big off of TikTok, which is pretty much the new Vine. Not all the songs are bad, but not all of them are great, either. Maybe it’s a generational thing as a lot of these songs appeal to Generation Z, which I’m not a part of. That happens when you get older, you gravitate less towards the songs that appeal to the youth after your time. Today’s Target Practice is one of those songs and I’ve heard that it was bad before I even listened to it. From the duo Surfaces, this is Sunday Best.
Feeling good, like I should
Went and took a walk around the neighborhood
Feeling blessed, never stressed
Got that sunshine on my sunday best
And then you wind up catching COVID-19 and infecting other people without even knowing it. Yeah, I know it’s too timely, but why not?
Everyday can be a better day despite the challenge
All you gotta do is leave it better than you found it
I have a feeling that half of this song’s writing process is just combing through vague motivational quotes on social media.
It's gonna get difficult to stand but hold your balance
I just say whatever cause there is no way around it cause
So you’re saying “give up.” Real motivating stuff here, buddy. Telling people to not fix their problems and just live with them.
Everyone falls down sometimes
But you just gotta know it'll all be fine
It's ok, uh-huh
It's ok, it's ok
I got nothing for this one. It is another typical motivational line, but there’s nothing wrong with it in of itself.
Somedays you wake up and nothing works you feel surrounded
Gotta give your feet some gravity to get you grounded
That’s… not how gravity works. You can’t give your feet gravity. Did these dudes flunk science class like Insane Clown Posse did? Then again, at least ICP asked how magnets worked. Surfaces just spouted nonsense about gravity.
Keep good things inside your ears just like the waves and sound did
And just say whatever cause there is no way around it
In other words, be positive. I think I now know why this group is called Surfaces because that’s how deep their writing is, surface-deep.
This song is Sunday worst. There’s nothing wrong with making a motivational song about looking at the bright side of things. Hell, outside of some questionable lines, the writing isn’t even the worst part of this song. No, my main issue with this song is the sound. The production is a cheap, plastic clusterfuck where the percussion overwhelms the barely audible piano and guitar loop and the dude singing the song sounds like a lazy tool who wasn’t even trying to sound invested in what he’s doing, turning cliched uplifting lyrics into vapid pseudo-hippie nonsense. It’s not the worst song currently on the charts, but this sounds like a cheap, obnoxious commercial jingle that most hacky indie pop acts aspire to make these days.*coughs* AJR *coughs* Next Target Practice, …
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