Review: "P.G.N.L." - Conor Maynard
It’s the moment you meet someone new, and you just know they’re the one. That’s when everything changes. In 'P.G.N.L.’ by Conor Maynard, he speaks fondly of his former lover while recounting the night they first met. Standing for “Pretty Girl Named Layla,” the song has an incredibly personal meaning to the UK artist. In fact, it was written while they were still together. I think it’s a fantastic reflection of Maynard’s personality. He’s charismatic, but also very open about his intentions. It’s clear that he’s got so much love to give, and he shared it freely in this relationship. Layla holds such a special place in his heart, even though he’s no longer with her. And to write a song about that...that’s so beautiful.
The upbeat nature of the song is cemented by motivating synths and a playful drum line. Maynard showcases his vocal range with a mind-blowing degree of ease. “So meet me over (by the bar), tell me all 'bout (who you are); do you got a (man or nah?).” The first verse has this very satisfying variation on call-and-response, almost like a whispery echo at the end of those ideas. Then the second verse expands on Maynard’s vocal harmonies from the chorus and BAM! It’s got a totally new feel. I think my favorite part is the sheer catchiness of the lyrics themselves. Here, you’ve got the image of someone who’s head-over-heels in love and very confident in his abilities to win this girl over. Maynard readily shares that wonderful feeling with you!
‘P.G.N.L.’ is Conor Maynard’s first-ever release as a fully independent artist. With over a decade spent at a major label, he’s stepped into his own creative control and has continued to release massive hits. He got his start on YouTube, where his popular song covers soon led to his pop stardom. Since his hit debut album Contrast, he’s collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Rita Ora, and he was even mentored by the Grammy-winning artist Ne-Yo. In addition, he’s starred in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots. I have to say, I’m blown away by Maynard’s talents and how he always finds a way to inject a piece of himself into whatever he sings. His covers are phenomenal, especially his spin on a Whitney Houston classic in ‘Dance With Somebody.’ Seriously, go follow this guy!
Written By Kevin Rodriguez