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Review: "Perfectly Broken" - BANNERS and Lily Meola

BANNERS just released a duet version of his 2022 song “Perfectly Broken” with Lily Meola. The song has a heartfelt and inspiring message that your jagged edges from your flaws can fit perfectly into someone’s else's jagged edges. Humans aren’t perfect, but we can still find someone to love. BANNERS sings the first verse, starting off the song by saying that he’s still falling apart in his old ways. He wants to be flawless, but once “[she] told [him] her name,” everything fell perfectly into place. He’s so happy to find her, and he never wants to let go. In the chorus, he recognizes that everyone is broken and has some missing pieces, but BANNERS believes that this girl is “perfectly broken for [him].” Lily sings the second verse, and starts by addressing his insecurities, telling him he shouldn’t listen to the people who believe he’s anything less than he is. She believes that “all the scars and bruises/they’re what make you human.” Lily reassures him that they don’t need fixing because they fit together perfectly, and they don’t need to change a thing.

“Perfectly Broken” perfectly balances deep emotions while also being uplifting at the same time. The verses have a bit more of a modern pop production style, but the track really leans into that ballad-like feel in the chorus, with the large presence of a string orchestra in the background. The final chorus and the outro has such a prominent string section that it gives the cinematic feel to it, like it could be played at the climax of a movie. BANNERS and Lily’s vocals blend perfectly together, and the harmonies in the second chorus are absolutely gorgeous. The harmonies in instrumental break before the last chorus adds even more emotion to the song. Overall, “Perfectly Broken” is a track that has powerful lyricism, warm melodies, and a beautiful build of instrumentation into the end of the song.

Micheal Joseph Nelson, professionally known as BANNERS, is a UK indie-pop singer that has been putting out hits since 2016. Since his first release, “BANNERS”, he has amassed well over 1 billion streams on Spotify. His song “Someone to You” has over 750 million streams on Spotify, and was even able to perform this song as a celebrity duet partner on Season 16 of American Idol. He is set to embark on a 15-show tour across the UK starting May 7th, 2024. Lily Meola is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. She started performing locally in bars at age 11, but people first started hearing her name with her duet with family friend Willie Nelson in 2013. She was also featured on season 17 of America’s Got Talent, and got 3rd place. Lily has been releasing music since 2016, with her first album “They Say.” Since then, her single “Daydream” off her 2022 EP “Daydream” has garnered over 60 million streams, and she boasts nearly 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify. 

Written By Lauren DiGiovanni


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