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Review: "I Think I Learned My Lesson" - Brooke Taylor

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Brooke Taylor’s “I Think I Learned My Lesson” is an instantly relatable song if you’ve ever come out of a relationship thinking about the exact words in its title. Maybe it was you that was hurt, or the other person, or perhaps even both of you, but either way this track hits the nail on the head when describing the emotions you’d feel the moment that relationship ends and you’re left with your thoughts and consequences for your (or their) actions. Filled with passionate vocals and a soundscape that pulses with energy, “I Think I Learned My Lesson” is almost like a fable; it tells you both a story and a lesson learned, and hopefully makes you feel as if you’ve learned one, too.

If there’s anything “I Think I Learned My Lesson” has, it is intense and powerful instrumentals. While the song begins fairly understated in the beginning, with a slight synth drone in the background and Taylor’s vocals atop of it, you’ll quickly find that the percussion comes in strong during the chorus. With each pulsing drum beat, you feel the punch behind every lyric, and can really feel the emotion in the words. This is one of those songs that has a beautiful balance between instrumentals and vocals which measure out the meaning of its lyrics with well-timed beats to support the overall composition. But no song is complete without its songwriting, and “I Think I Learned My Lesson” has it in spades; each verse is a small glimpse into the narrator’s relationship, and their thoughts after its fateful end. I love how the song has a slightly introspective angle to it, but is more on the side of regret. The chorus is especially compelling as it discusses the hatred the narrator feels toward themselves when they act out and are now faced with the consequences of those actions. These actions, too, are unintentional, described as "weapons" in the lyrics as the narrator has become accustomed to picking fights in relationships. Complex and layered, “I Think I Learned My Lesson” has both songwriting and a soundscape that support one another, creating a wonderfully intricate track that is a fantastic listen.

With emotionally charged songs and honest lyrics, Brooke Taylor is a pop artist whose music is unerringly powerful and fun. Similar to artists such as Olivia Rodrigo, Gracie Abrams, and Maisie Peters, her music tells stories that relate to love and heartbreak and the complications of relationships. Her debut single released in 2019 to great success, having over 1.1 million streams. Entitled “Ruined Me”, in collaboration with Leor, Taylor went on to collaborate with Leor once more with her second single “Feel Me”. A performer with impeccable stage presence and captivating vocals, Taylor is an up-and-coming artist that you won’t want to miss. For those that enjoyed “I Think I Learned My Lesson”, you should absolutely give the rest of her discography a listen, and definitely drop her a follow!

Written By Alexa Leung



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