Paige Keiner has decided to give those of us experienced with messy breakups another round of first-hand embarrassment with her new pop single, ‘Crying in the Drive-Thru.’ Paige says, “This song was inspired by a time when I cried in a McDonald’s drive-thru while I was going through a breakup.” So if hit-makers are just as human as the rest of us, that’s why they make relatable hits so often.
Crying in the Drive-Thru is also a joy to listen to for its pop-rock theme. It’s upbeat and funky. And it reminds you of early 2000s music. You can tell that she’s getting her inspiration from Avril Lavigne, Hillary Duff, Michelle Branch, and other rock artists.
Paige begins the song with a spacy electric guitar progression, reflecting the simultaneous recounting of her being in a good place before he came around. Then you hear the drum beats and percussion and her vulnerabilities for half a minute, and the beats get louder, only for the sound to die down when she speaks of her friend begging her to come out. We can make out this dying down effect as a way to portray her shutting down in preparation for her ending up crying in the drive-thru. It’s a very sequential and contextually accurate advancement in music.
Paige Keiner is building her own realm of dynamism in her alternative pop music because she derives inspiration from varied music and genres. This genre-bending and mixing nature makes her a source of utmost joy.
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Review by: Naomi Joan