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  • Karlee Skipper

Review: "If I Ever" - Conor Maynard

“If I Ever” by Conor Maynard is absolute pop perfection with its infectious beats and unforgettable lyrics. The track explores the aftermath of a devastating break-up and the sorrow that comes with it. The track is the first of many songs Maynard wrote after his relationship ended at the end of 2022. Part of the track is inspired by his former partner telling him that she hopes to see him in her hometown despite their relationship being over. In the chorus, he directly acknowledges this with the line: “And if I’m ever singing where you are// I pray you won’t show up// Cause I can’t bear to see you again.” Throughout the track, Maynard continues to use candid lyrics to express the hurt and betrayal he felt when his former partner left him. However, no matter how much he still loves his partner, he will not let himself fall back into their trap. Then in the bridge, the vulnerable lyrics reveal that the door is sealed forever with Maynard singing the lyrics: “Won’t let you break my heart again// And I could never be your friend// You burnt the bridge the day you left.” The emotionally charged track allows listeners to empathize with the singer, and may even be a cathartic release for those who are experiencing the same feelings. “If I Ever” is a brilliantly written track that perfectly encapsulates the feeling of yearning for the past while moving on towards the future.

After only one listen, “If I Ever” immediately becomes a fan favorite and replays in the minds of listeners. The track kicks off with a sonic buildup that transitions into the complete production, met with Maynard’s unique vocals. The verse introduces a muted guitar that remains constant for the entire song and plays the same chord progression throughout. Simultaneously, the soft beat effortlessly guides the listener through the track and draws focus to the vulnerable lyrics. In the chorus, another guitar harmonizes with the vocals, working together to provide a mystifying production. When the bridge hits, the listener is taken by surprise with the sudden change in the production, using synth keyboard riffs that contrast with the previous parts of the track. This sudden change further enhances the emotional aspect of the song, before bursting back to the lively production and Maynard’s vocals wrapping up the track with his outstanding high notes. With “If I Ever”, Maynard exemplifies his natural talent and his longevity in the industry.

Conor Maynard is a singer-songwriter from the U.K. After a decade signed to a major label, he stepped away to become an independent artist in March 2020. A week later, the U.K. shut down due to the global pandemic. Despite this major setback, Maynard made major strides in the industry. In just one year he gained over 300 million streams across Spotify and Apple Music. Additionally, he is the 7th most followed music account on TikTok despite only joining the platform in 2020. Maynard has a long-list of achievements throughout his career, including starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway and collaborating with artists such as Pharrell Williams and Rita Ora. His debut album, Contrast, reached number 1 on the U.K. charts, which included 5 top ten singles.

Written By Karlee Skipper



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