Hilary Duff discovers her self-esteem again in the impassive “Beat of My Heart.”
The sound of a heart beating opens the single. Its sets an ordinary tone. In the pre-chorus, Duff’s vocals are made distant by the keyboard. She says she’s going to follow her own interests.
“To the beat of my/To the beat of my/To the beat of my heart.”
A disinterested Duff says she’s eager to speak her mind and yield to her every desire. She wants to go clubbing. It’s taken a long time but she finally likes herself. She feels herself blossoming. She’s not used to her newfound confidence as of yet. She feels as though she can make it through anything now. She’s realized it’s ok to be herself. An overcompensating guitar strums at a feverish pace throughout.
“I’m thinking about/Letting it out/I wanna give in/I wanna go out/Been looking around/I’ve finally found/The rhythm of love/The feeling of sound/It’s making a change/The feeling is strange/It’s coming right back/Right back in my range/Not worried about anything else/I’m waking up.”
The pre-chorus is sung again.
In the chorus, she says her confidence has strained her relationships with her friends.
“The beat of my heart/The beat of my heart/The beat of my heart/It tears us apart/The beat of my heart/The beat of my heart/The beat of my heart/Now I’m back to the start/To the beat of my/To the beat of my/To the beat of my heart.”
In the second verse, she says she’s over her depression. She’s surprising people by being talkative and getting involved in activities again. She’s not going to let herself be overwhelmed again. She’s going to stand up for herself and take every opportunity she has. She wants to prove to people that she’s not afraid to be different from them. She calls out other people for being fake. She tells them she won’t put up with their crap. She’s will not allow them to control how she feels about herself anymore.
“I’m up from my down/I turn it around/I’m making it back/I’m not gonna drown/I’m taking a stance/I won’t miss a chance/I want you to see/I’m not scared to dance/The way that you feel/Could never be real/I want you to know I finished the deal/So I’m sayin’ to you/I’ll always be true/To the rhythm inside.”
The pre-chorus and chorus are sung again.
In the bridge, an angry guitar and a goth piano interrupts. She says that she’s only listening to herself from now on.
” Away, away/Away, away/Away, away/Away, away/Away, away/Away. away/To the beat of my/To the beat of my heart/Away, away/Away, away/To the beat of my/To the beat of my heart.”
The chorus is sung again with boppy keyboard effects.
The chorus is sung again with the original arrangement.
The bridge ends the song.
Duff is bored and simply going through the motions in the single. She lost her sauciness and ironically, her spunk. An underlying sadness is apparent. Duff seems to have checked out of her pop music career.
The bland electro pop is an insult to the genre. It’s like spilling ramen on a Vivenne Westwood evening gown. Also, the chorus and bridge could’ve been fleshed out. The single sputters during the verses but then stalls by the chorus. By the bridge, nothing could’ve salvaged the song.
With an editor, a splashy hook and an energetic singer the “Beat of My Heart” would’ve been a blast.