Last night at The Americana, Haley Reinhart performed the two songs she's indicated are top contenders for her next single: Oh My! and Undone. Haley's never been shy about making it clear which one she prefers (Oh My!), and last night she did her best to drive home that point by botching the lyrics and just going through the motions of Undone. It was the first time she'd ever performed the song live, and, based on how unenthused she seemed to be, I'd say likely the last.
My guess: Interscope "powers that be" forced her to perform it against her will, Haley was none to happy about it, and it showed (see video below).
It's an interesting dynamic, really. Despite helping co-write Undone (likely at gunpoint) for her album, Haley has made it perfectly clear that she's really not into that song (neither am I, for the record). It's a somber, somewhat cheesy pop-ballad about the trauma of an emotional breakup, and that just ain't what our girl is about. She's Haley Fucking Reinhart, the torch singing jazz phenom with a rocker soul, not some whiny pop-ballad princess crying about relationship issues!
The blessing/curse for Haley, though, is that Undone is her most popular song amongst teenage girls - and record labels drool over teenage girls. They are by far the most fanatical of fans, and virtually drive the entire pop music industry by themselves.
Oh My!, on the other hand, is a very adult themed, sexually charged track centered around Haley having powerful orgasms in the sticky summer heat. The music has a Motown vibe with a somewhat distorted horn barrage and heavily echoed vocals. The overall sound is themed after the James Bond movies of the 1960's. There's also a rap interlude by BoB... BUT WAIT!! Maybe NOT! HA! Haley substitutes the rap bridge with a new bridge she penned with her dad after BoB fucked her over at Lollapalooza! (see video below)
I think this new bridge of Haley's is pretty damn good. Adding more haunting music and vocal stylings fits much better into the flow of the track than that idiot mercenary rapper ever did. The lyrics also fit Haley and the song much better, so my hope is that she'll get a chance to use this version as a single should they release it to radio.
Oh, and fuck you, BoB!!
Of course, as my readers know by now, I'm not a real big fan of Oh My!, either. For my tastes, it's overproduced, distracting, and the music can't be replicated live so it always requires soundtrack. I'd much rather see Spiderweb, Let's Run Away, Now That You're Here or Hit The Ground Running as her next single, but since I will not be getting my way on that I'd choose Oh My! over Undone. At least it's somewhat uptempo, fun, light, offers a pretty good hook and has the sex appeal.
Anyway, hopefully she gets a 2nd single, period. The album sales weren't sensational, and STILL no tour is booked as of this posting, so it's certainly not a given. Let's hope that it all comes together, and, more importantly, that Haley is able to book a gig in SE FL so Kenny Poo can see her perform live again!
What say you?