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  • Isabel Mays

Review: “Never Been Kissed” - Cali Rodi

Cali Rodi is back, and she just released a tribute to one of my favorite 90s rom-com flicks: Never Been Kissed! The song is the third single from her debut EP, the romcom tapes, where every song is titled after her favorite rom-com movie from each decade! “Never Been Kissed” is a song so full of energy and 90s nostalgia, that it will make you want to watch the titular movie (starring the iconic Drew Barrymore) on repeat. I think this song had a lot of really fun lyrics that easily got me into an upbeat mood! And I think the chorus is one of my favorite parts of the song! “You bring me right back under the bleachers / Summer heat, your hands under my t-shirt / It’s like all the other lips / Before you didn’t exist / Holy shit / It’s like I’ve never been kissed.”

Like I said before, this song is SUPER upbeat and energetic! While the song doesn’t inherently sound like a song from the 90s, there are some related elements. I think everything worked together nicely, and it made the song that much more enjoyable to listen to! Cali does a great job of balancing her tone when she’s using her chest voice. She harmonized with herself for a good majority of the song. Cali has a healthy-sounding voice, which I think put this song over the top! I genuinely enjoyed listening to every second of it!

Cali Rodi is a singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. She has been releasing music since 2017, and is soon due to release her debut EP, the romcom tapes. And she’s doing pretty well for herself on Spotify, with her music getting around 50,000 monthly listeners. Cali says that she grew up listening to artists like Blink-182 and Brittany Spears, and you can easily hear their influence in her music! Though, I would say she has a sound more similar to Leah Kate and Maisie Peters. Nonetheless, I loved every second of this song, and am so excited to hear which classic rom-com she decides to write about next! Give “Never Been Kissed” a listen if you haven’t already!

Written By Isabel Mays



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