Martina McBride - "Teenage Daughters"
By: Matt Bjorke
Listening to Martina McBride’s debut single for Republic Nashville after nearly two decades with RCA Records is certainly different than what we’ve heard from her before. “Teenage Daughters” immediately sounds like a modern melodic cousin to “Me and Bobbie McGee” with a lyric that recalls Martina’s older hits that are female centric while not completely ignoring the male half of the species. In fact, “Teenage Daughters” is a song that any parent – past or present – can relate to. Heck, even brothers can see the dynamics that often happen between a daughter and mother and can relate to “Teenage Daughters,” one of eight songs Martina co-wrote for the debut Republic Nashville album that will come out later this year.
Co-producing with Byron Gallimore, Martina has done a remarkable job in making people see her artistry on a completely different level with “Teenage Daughters.” It’s a song that’s brutally honest, comes from her own life and doesn’t fall into the dramatic melisma-filled type of song that was so often sent out to radio over the years, a trend that made it hard for her to even sing them all in live settings without shredding that fantastic voice of hers. Byron and Martina give the melody an airy flow and there’s a whole conversational “Pretenders” feel to the way Martina sings the lyrics over the melody.
That being said, there is a group of people out there who expect and want her to only sing songs like "Anyway" or other soaring ballads and will trash this tune as unmelodic and 'terrible' and while it's OK to have that opinion, but in in this writer’s mind, the release of this song is a good thing that will likely help her score a the much-needed hit and gain another set of fans in the process. Is it something that’s immediate and comfortable, like Ronnie Dunn’s “Bleed Red?” or Rascal Flatts “Why Wait?” No but it’s just as good a performance and has more than a bit of a cheeky vibe to it.