ToC Critic’s Pick: RaeLynn, ‘Love Triangle’ [Listen]
Like so many of her songs, there’s a fairytale quality to RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle.” It’s not that her story is unbelievable or not personal — in fact, the opposite is true of this autobiographical ballad, her first on Warner Music Nashville.
Her sense of color and texture takes a familiar story and passes it through a process that makes every detail scream with emotion. She could be an Instagram filter. What fans love and haters hate about RaeLynn is she doesn’t say things like everyone else. The verses and pre-chorus of “Love Triangle” epitomize her style. She’s not telling a story here as much as setting up scenery and players for a few precious seconds of theater.
The 22-year-old's resistance to changing who she is as an artist is remarkable because frankly, to this point, who she was wasn’t working on a commercial level. Every new single brought some new refinement, however. It’s been baby steps for RaeLynn — until now, when she becomes a powerful voice for children caught up in a failing marriage. Imagine the first time she played “Love Triangle” for her parents. It’s that kind of courageousness country music needs.
There’s a group that will never like RaeLynn for how she presented herself on a reality television show at age 17. Now married and smarter about her personal life and business, it’s time to rethink her as an artist. The tears on your cheek as you finishing listening to “Love Triangle” will betray your disgust.
Did You Know?: Blake Shelton is playing a major role in song selection for RaeLynn's new album.
Listen to RaeLynn, "Love Triangle"
RaeLynn Talks About How Her Parents Took "Love Triangle"
RaeLynn's "Love Triangle" Lyrics:
“Sittin’ on the front step, little white suitcase / Hearing that diesel fore it hit the front gate / His headlights burnin’ down a Friday night / Southern Belle statue standing in the screen door / Watching her whole world head for an old Ford / With a man that can’t look her in the eye.”
“Then I run, to him / Big hug, jump in / And I cry for her / Out the window.”
“Some mommas and daddies are loving in a straight line / Take forever to heart and take a long sweet ride / But some mommas and daddies let their heart strings tear and tangle / And some of us get stuck in a love triangle.”
“Bowling alley burger, fries and a milkshake / Heading to the same old two-dollar matinee / ‘Baby, how’s your school been and how’s your mom? / Patsy Cline echoes back off the dashboard / Staring at my boots and the dusty old floorboards / Baby, two weeks ain’t really all that long.”
“Then I run, to her / Wrap my arms, around her skirt / And I cry for him out the window.”
“Some mommas and daddies are loving in a straight line / Take forever to heart and take a long sweet ride / But some mommas and daddies let their heart strings tear and tangle / And some mommas and daddies ran outta love in ‘94 / And some mommas and daddies don’t even talk no more / And some mommas and daddies let their heart strings tear and tangle.”