Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Me, Myself And Oh Well: Me, Myself, And I By Vitamin C Is An Average Single.

The Good: Good voice, Nice instrumentals, Easy dance beat.
The Bad: Crappy packaging, Only two songs, Second track is lyrically oversimplified.
The Basics: Two good songs, nothing extraordinary, but better than the full album! If you own the album, there's nothing new here.

If you've heard the Vitamin C song "Me, Myself And I" on the radio but didn't like "Smile" or the sickly-sweet "Graduation Song," the c.d. single is definitely the way to go. With two songs, neither terribly deep, the single is pretty much the good stuff without the garbage. I've yet to figure out what people want from a review of a single that has only two tracks, but I'm giving it another go here.

Coleen Fitzpatrick (who is Vitamin C) seems to give a better presentation of her talents when she's being angry, as opposed to being ridiculously bubbly or sentimental. Take the two tracks on this single for your proof. If you were tired of hearing the overplayed "Graduation (Friends Forever)" a few years back and thought Vitamin C's "Smile" was a silly choice for a Hershey's commercial, this is the better way to go.

"Me, Myself And I" is an up-tempo lament about how everyone in the narrator's life has betrayed or abandoned her. In the process of the song, she is cheated on by a boyfriend with a wandering eye, abandoned by a guy in favor of a car and other boyfriends, and ultimately resolves to leave them. The refrain is a borrowed lyric, "I ain't got no-body, that I can depend on" and Vitamin C plays the song well. It's a story with a pretty easy-to-relate to character.

"Me, Myself And I" is essentially an anthem to teens about the importance of being yourself and not taking any crap from anyone. The nice thing about it is that it disguises the worthwhile message in an easy to listen to tune and dance-worthy beat.

The other song on the single is "Money," which acknowledges the influence of money in the world today and how misguided priorities are in relation to it. Basically, it sings about how "money makes the world go round." It's an obvious refrain and it lacks the beat and sound that the main single possesses. It's a disappointing follow up to the worthy main song, though it has a noble purpose. There aren't many songs that actually take on capitalism outright. In fact, there's some irony in a b-side c.d. single that counters capitalism.

This single is excellent for anyone who doesn't want to dump $15 on Vitamin C's full album or who just liked "Me, Myself And I" when they heard it on the radio. Beware, however; the packaging is cheap cardboard and even cheaper plastic for the holder. It's worth the $2.00 you ought to be able to find it for these days, but not much more than that.

For other c.d. singles, please visit my reviews of:
"Right Beside You" - Sophie B. Hawkins
"Everything You Want" - Vertical Horizon
". . . Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears


For other music reviews, please visit my index page on the subject.

© 2011, 2002 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.

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