Steel Magnolia bursted onto the scene last year after winning CMT’s Can You Duet? talent competition. After their first song hit the top five, the duo is releasing its follow up single, “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings),” to radio. Will the single be able to match the success of their smash debut single, “Keep on Lovin’ You?”
Steel Magnolia’s first single, “Keep On Lovin’ You,” was an infectious country-pop tune about a couple’s love. On the follow up single, “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings),” the duo delivers a ballad about – at least I think it’s about – loving someone just the way they are. The lyrics don’t clearly spell out a certain theme so that’s why it’s hard to determine one.
The problem I’m having with this song is the lack of purpose. After reading the lyrics, I find myself a bit puzzled in the fact that there’s no message being delivered in the song other than the one that’s delivered in the title itself. Other than that, the song is basically filled with a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that doesn’t need to be there. The production is decent but lacks any originality that is needed to standout on country radio. The song’s only saving grace is the vocal performance the twosome delivers.
I’ll admit that I’m a fan of Steel Magnolia and have been since their run on Can You Duet? but I’m a little disappointed that their talent is being wasted on songs like this. Hopefully their label president Scott Borchetta will stop investing everything he has into Taylor Swift and spend some time with this fantastic duo.