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Music Review: Bonnie McKee – “American Girl”

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The mastermind behind hit songs including Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls,” as well as Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Bonnie McKee has done it again! She brings a delicious treat to the ears with her recently released summer smash-hit song, “American Girl.”

artworks-000055755121-xoa37v-t200x200It’s impossible to refrain from any head-bopping or foot-tapping while listening to this bubblegum-pop summer tune.  “American Girl” is this year’s summer anthem!

A voice parallel to Perry’s sings, “We fell in love in a 7-Eleven parking lot, sat on the curb drinking slurpees we mixed with alcohol . . . .”  These lyrics are undeniably relatable for so many Gen Y boys and girls, and the fiery passion burning through them will send Lady Gaga running for her money. Beneath McKee’s catchy, conversational lyrics lay a ridiculously appropriate arrangement of upbeat tones, chords and tempo that fuels the singer/songwriter’s first single for her upcoming 2014 sophomore album.

The climax to the fetching tune resides in the last minute of the song when she strikes a high note, much like Adam Lambert, that lends full credit to the voice that carried her down to LA. You would indeed know if you have heard the hook-filled “American Girl.”  If you haven’t yet, strike while the iron’s hot because no summer music mix (or rather, end of summer as it is now) can be complete without this song!

Peaking at #97 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #25 on the U.S. Pop Songs (Billboard), it would be shocking to discover “American Girl” never made it to #1 on both charts; If the song does ever reach #1, it would be her tenth #1 song following the success of “Roar.”

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About Dylan Mial

Dylan Mial recently graduated San Diego State University with BS in television, film and new media: critical studies and a minor in journalism. Dylan is a published music, concert and theatre critic. He is also a journalist by choice and writer by nature. He has been actively involved in the arts and entertainment since childhood and attributes musical theatre as his favorite source for taking on performance opportunities. Newsle