Melanie – Brand New Key

First Hit #1: December 25, 1971

This is really annoying. Melanie’s song about having roller skates and carrying a torch for a guy who doesn’t really want her anymore is goofy, but that’s not why it’s bad. Nope, it’s bad because Melanie herself is really annoying, with a voice that goes up into the higher registers for no reason during the chorus, and is strangely badgering in the rest of the song.

It has other problems, mostly to do with it being completely pointless and uncertain what it wants to be about, sounding overall like the product of a crazy person, but crazy people have written pointless but entertaining songs before. It’s Melanie’s fault that she can’t manage to make it transcend that, and just keeps it a bit crazy, and a bit annoying.

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