And by “sneak peek”, I mean all speculation on my part. So keep that in mind while you’re reading this.
Tristan Prettyman’s latest album, Cedar+Gold, is available for pre-order. Because I am such a fan, I immediately jumped at the chance to make sure that I had her album as soon as it became available. Eagerly, I read the track list to see what’s in store come October 2, 2012 (the date got pushed from September 27).
After hearing “My Oh My”, the first single from the new album, I knew that there would be some Jason Mraz angst on this album. How could there not be? Their breakup, their responses to the breakup, and that “I Won’t Give Up” song that’s playing on every Top 40 station twice an hour keeps putting their relationship’s dissolve in our faces every day so I’m sure it’s constantly on her mind. Well, that and the fact that that man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with leaving her and then telling the world that she doesn’t care about the issues he cares about. I’m sure that songwriting is her way of dealing with the pain of her break-up and her album immediately following said break-up would reflect that method of therapy.
But after looking at the track list and looking up the lyrics of some of her new songs, I have to say that I am shocked that it appears as though the entire album is a big “Go to hell” to the popular singer that broke her heart. Look at some of the lyrics from that first single:
You got me under a spell
You look like heaven, oh, but you put me through hell
God knows there’s nothing to gain
Well who am I to deny, we’re both playing the same game
All too familiar, the moment it blows up
Now everything I know seems to fly
-as taken from sing365.com
Obviously this a reference to their on-again/off-again nature of their relationship. I won’t belabor the point of it all but you can tell that she’s fed up with the back and forth. I get it, sister, you’re pissed and you’re not going to take it anymore. You go, girl!
I really don’t have any complaints about someone writing their anger into their songs. Heck, one of my favorite artists, Chad Perrone, writes some of the most angsty music out there and I can’t get enough of him. But check out some of the lyrics of her other songs from Cedar+Gold:
Just so you know just so you know
I never thought you’d let me go
I don’t even know the truth
Yeah we were fine, yeah we were fine
Then all at once you changed your mind
And I was gonna marry you
-also from sing365.com, titled “I Was Gonna Marry You”
You said you would never let me go
You promised me, our love written on the wall
Felt so easy but I should’ve known better
To never say never
-taken from sing365.com, titled “Never Say Never”
Promises get broken
Details go unspoken
I never say too much
Spend too much time thinking
And the weeks lead up to leaving
Summer’s gonna get crushed
-once more from sing365.com, titled “Come Clean”
All of these songs are lamenting Mraz’s departure from her life and the rest of the album’s song lyrics are very similar. I’m suspecting a tear-jerker in Cedar+Gold. I’ll definitely be listening to it, because I loves me some Tristan Prettyman, but I worry that an album dedicated to be very angry at one person, especially someone that I do typicaly enjoy like Jason Mraz, is going to be something of a buzz kill.