I am generally irritated by Natalie Bassingthwaite. She seems fame-whorey and careerist, careerism being endearing only if a spectacular career is actually obtained (e.g. Madonna). Accordingly her new single Someday Soon makes me scoff with particular enthusiasm whenever it’s played on MIX FM or Musicxmax. Because this terrible song firmly fits the mold of what I like to call the “self-fulfilling statement of success” second (or third) single, a nauseating pop maneuver that normally follows this familiar pattern:
- Act releases moderately successful first single.
- Act releases second (or third) single which is generally a ballad. Single muses about the long path travelled to fame, the cost of success etc. Song adopts a reflective “looking back” tone, generally with shots of act “keeping it real” despite their success. Examples of “keeping it real” can include drinking herbal tea on white couches, or walking along actual, like, streets.