Ms. Lea Michele's about to come at your #feelings -- HARD.
Anyone who ever belted out their #feelings alone in their high school bedroom, don't be sad, for today you rule the world! After taking Broadway by storm in 2006's "Spring Awakening" and managing to make show choirs cool and relevant on "Glee," Lea Michele has finally released some music that's all her own. (BTW, we have a feeling that SOMEBODY'S gonna E.G.O.T. someday. We're calling it now!)
Previewed Monday night, "Cannonball" is the mega-ballad lead single off of Ms. Lea's debut studio album, Louder (out March 4). And lo, it is powerful, emotional, stirring -- basically all the best adjectives you could use to describe all the best ballads.
But the question remains: Is the Sia and Benny Blanco-penned track almost too effective as a ballad? After consulting with the salty waterfalls streaming out of our tear ducts, we're gonna go with BASICALLY YES WAHH. Here's why:
1.) Look, Ma! No key change!
The musical structure of "Cannonball" is both a flawless execution of your standard power ballad, while simultaneously a subtle subversion of your midtempo expectations. Of course, there's an uplifting build, but Lea's debut single flips the script by eschewing an obligatory final chorus key change and opting for a major chord.
2.) "Like a CAN-NONNE-BOL!"
Listen to Lea Michele's "Cannonball" after the jump.
3.) You wanna slow down? No? OK.
4.) Forget regret
Oh no, and now I'm flashing back to that high school chorus/ band trip to New York where we all went to go see "Spring Awakening" on Broadway! Tragically, I was seated all the way on the audience left side of the upper balcony. You know how much of Jonathan Groff's X-rated body parts I saw during those nude scenes? NONE. They told me I would see it all! THEY TOLD ME.
First there was Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," and now Lea Michele's "Cannonball"? Are big, strong, metallic balls officially the new metaphor du jour to describe one's super fragile emotional state? IDK, it's hard to concentrate when you're crumpled up in a ball of #feelings in the corner because you just listened to a super powerful ballad. #IMFINEJUSTLEAVE
6.) Prophetic, much?
With that March release date, Louder will be one of the first major diva pop releases of the coming year. Is "Cannonball" a vision of what pop music will sound like in 2014? Are we in for a resurgence of adult contemporary pop tunes and major chords galore? Remember, Adele's got a new album on the way, and who knows, maybe Céline Dion will up her Loved Me Back To Life promo to a crazy degree? Could 2014 very well be the greatest year of pop music in all the world?
7.) A celebration of life
Considering all that Lea's been through in the last six months with the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith and her burgeoning new career path, there's an enormous power behind the chorus: "And now I will start living today/ Today, today I close the door/ I got this new beginning and I will fly/ I’ll fly like a cannonball." Fly high, Ms. Lea Michele. Fly high.
+ Listen to Lea Michele's "Cannonball."