Finally a new single is out–titled “Generation Love” was released in the middle of March (it was released on iTunes UK faster than iTunes and Amazon.com/.co.uk). Still no album yet, but this counts as Jennette’s second official single after “Not that far away” (“So Close” and “Homeless Heart” sadly don’t count).
Again, it’s another not traditional country song. You can make it so if you play it in Windows Media Player and choose the “slow” option under “Play”. I’ll calling ultra modern country (if there is such a term).
It’s a song about American history at first listening and could be used to teach a class. The phrase “bell-bottom jeans” takes you back don the road of America’ past–if not sure which period (I may try to research later). We get a furher shift to a “Polaroid”, something that no one in America uses nowadays (I believe) except the elderly.
Then there’s the “wild side”, could it mean the wild parties of the 50s, 60s and 70s? Definitely the stanza is set inthe post World War II period with the term “baby boomer”. Then the lyrics references what was one of America’s greatest acheivements–”Walkin’ on the mooon” (Neil Armstrong). The second stanza mentions the “Great Depression”, a big give away. The grandpa is a vetran–not specified which war–the two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, maybe the first Gulf War?
Chorus: Music is perfectly complementary to the lyrics. The whole stanza’s is how these people now would desscribe the current generation–Jennette’s young generation. Her generation is the kind to be glued to a “plasma screen”. The conclusion: the term is “Generation Love”.
A better description of the “generation” comes next: using “spell check” (on Microsoft Word), “GPS” and the common thing of youngsters–shifting the blame. The end of the song brings the audience out viewing the gneration from the next generation and thne a musing–what will the young generation today be called?
The lyrics reek of perfect depiction and matches well with the music. Vocal wise well yes it’s wonderful though I’m not sure how much editing was involved. My biggest reservation whne I check out the iTunes info:the song was NOT written by Jennette! Ok, not all artists do write every song they sing, but whne you are up and coming, you should thne to write your own songs–or ditch the title of singer-songwriter.
It’s a wonderful second single.
Here are it’s chart history on the Billboard Hot Country Songs:
Week 2nd of May, 2011: Hot Shot Debut at #57
Week 9th of May, 2011: Moved up to #50
Week 16th of May, 2011: Reached a record hight of #44
Week 23rd of May, 2011 dipped to #45
Congrats onthe #44!!!
(Update: The dates above are released “too early”; Billboard actually released the charts at a later date. So “Generation Love” actuallly first first charted on May 14, 2011 at #57. Then it moved up to #50 on May 21, 2011. Finally it hit its peak of #44 on May 28, 2011. Super silly and confusing.)
For the week starting 6th June 2011,the music video made it to CMT’s Top 20 Countdown Viewers Poll.
(PS: If you wish to view a in-depth review of Jennette’s discography see this link . DO NOT view her wikipedia page. It is horribly written as are the wikipedia pages of “Not That Far Away” and “Generation Love” (editors are giving her a negative review).