In honor of all the new material from reuniting artist, we decided to bust out some “old school reviews” of some popular songs. So what do we consider to be old school? Any music from 1960’s to 2010. So buckle up for what should be a good trip down memory lane because we start starting off this week’s “Old School Single Review” with 98 Degree’s Nick Lachey’s biggest and most personal hit “What’s Left of Me”
The song was released in 2006, after the divorce of “Pop power couple” Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. The song is Nick pulling a Taylor Swift in a classy way. Like most of Nick’s second album, the song is fuel from the Jessica telling him that their marriage is over and the feelings that Nick had. The song is Nick’s most successful solo single to date. Fun fact: His wife in the video turned into his new real wife Vanessa Minnillo. Yeah, Nick met his new wife on the set of his music video, which was for a song about his ex-wife, that Vanessa played (Wifeception). In the end, Nick would have the last laugh because Jessica’s love life and career would tank after the divorce while Nick’s love life and career exist.
The song is pretty much the perfect formula for a pop break up song. It has raw emotion and it’s pretty easy to make an emotional connection with the song, especially if you have had your heart-broken. It paints the picture of someone who loved someone and isn’t sure what to do because they feel only half alive/complete. The song progression is pretty legit and is kinda upbeat-ish for a sad song.
The video itself is also amazing because it takes place in the house that Jessica and Nick lived and filmed their reality show in. The story of it takes places as soon as they stopped filming. The furniture and items in the house slowly start to dissolve away which kinda is like his life starting to unravel.
The only thing that doesn’t really work in this video is the fact that Vanessa Minnillo plays his wife. We all know that the song is about Jessica so they might as well had a blonde play her. Overall, the song and the video is really moving and profound.
Rating: 4 Cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna out of 5
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