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Review: "Should Be Us" - maryjo

Pop sensation maryjo has just released her third single of 2024 titled “Should Be Us!” This song delves into seeing an ex with someone else and all the emotions that come along with it. It’s an exploration into the longing of being with someone in your past, despite whatever happened in the relationship. maryjo starts the song off by describing how she usually is when a relationship ends: she cuts ties and never looks back. But now, since she sees her ex with someone else, she wasn’t expecting it and she thinks “[she] had a heart attack.” She kicks off the chorus by saying “that should be us” doing all of the romantic things her ex is doing with their new person. She thought she would be ready for her ex to move on, but she tells them “you know that should be us.” maryjo thought she was doing okay and she “[doesn’t] know why [she’s] hung up on us.” She asks a series of questions about this new girl that has a bit of lingering jealousy. In an interview about the song, maryjo says, “I think a lot of relationships go through this stage after a breakup where someone else just either moved on quicker, or finds someone else sooner, so for me I really wanted to write about that.”

“Should Be Us” is a wonderful mix of a classic pop song and a melancholy ballad, which creates a unique pop aesthetic. The song has a basic pop structure, with an acoustic guitar setting the rhythm of the track. Swelling synths give this track an extra layer of emotions, with the pushes and pulls aligning with the strong points of the song. The choruses are big and expansive, with maryjo flexing her impressively powerful vocals. Despite these big moments, the song still feels quite intimate. One of the small touches that I loved about the track is the ever-so-delicate whispers, that can be pretty hard to make out upon first listen. It doesn’t seem like much, but it adds another emotional layer, insinuating that maryjo is singing this song in real time as she feels these emotions. Overall, this track is a well produced pop ballad track that is heartbreaking yet alluring with the sound and the lyrics.

maryjo is a 22 year-old singer songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. She got her first break into the pop music scene being a fan-favorite contestant on Season 19 of American Idol. Singing beautiful renditions of songs from Ed Sheeran, James Bay, Tate McRae, and more, she quickly grew a large audience. In 2021, maryjo released her first single, “Carpet,” which currently has over 2.1 million streams on Spotify alone. She’s had multiple releases since then, including fan favorites such as “I Woke Up.” Currently, she has more than 1.3 million TikTok followers and over 140k listeners on Spotify. Now, maryjo is rejoining Knox on his “I’m So Good At Being Alone Tour,” with shows all across America. It’s clear that maryjo will continue to impress her fans with her captivating vocals and her beautiful songwriting with all of her future releases.

Written By Lauren DiGiovanni



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