Julia Michaels is one of the most talented songwriters in the music industry and is now having a good start as a singer. Her newest bet is the EP “Inner Monologue Part 1”, which contains a featured song with Selena Gomez called “Anxiety”.
Michaels co-wrote many of Selena’s songs including “Slow Down”, “Bad Liar” and most tracks from the album “Revival”, including “Hands to Myself” and “Good for You”. In the first vocal collaboration of the two singers, the theme could not be more appropriate: anxiety. Both of them have been very open about their problems and that’s exactly what the song is about, as expected.
The latest released pop jam that speaks about the same theme, anxiety, was “breathin,” by Ariana Grande. In comparison, the difference is that Ariana puts the symptoms in a poetical way. The
Michaels and Gomez “Anxiety” is almost as if they’re in a therapy room and simply spit out what they feel, without filters. It’s real.
“I try my best just to be social / I make all these plans with friends and hope they call and cancel / Then I overthink about the things I’m missing / Now I’m wishing I was with ’em”.
“They don’t know what it’s like, what it’s like / They don’t understand why I can’t sleep through the night / I’ve been told that I could take something to fix it / Damn, I wish it, I wish it was that simple”
As you can see, the song is a bit dramatic, but it’s ironic and it’s even fun at the same time. The sound is practically acoustic, based on the guitar and vocals. I kept thinking about some other songs to compare and, as a Kelly Clarkson fan, I could only think of two: “Chivas” and “Ready”, blending acidity and dense lyrics with a seemingly light and happy sound . If you do not know these tracks, listen to them below.
“Anxiety” is not far from what Julia Michaels did in the past. It’s like a “clean” version of her hit “Issues”. You can also compare with the acoustic version of “Jump”. By the way, It could easily be confused with an acoustic version of a song with a more complex production, but it’s not … It’s just like that! And that makes the track even more special.
The vocals are well divided. The first part is sung by Julia Michaels and, after the first chorus, Selena Gomez enters repeating the same lyrics. At the end, the voices come together in a perfect harmony. The two voices combine a lot – none appears more or less, it can even confuse you if you do not know them well. Most of the time, they sing almost like a whisper as if they were shy in revealing such intimate things.
The end of the song, with Michaels e Gomez together, is the funniest part. It seems like people, who once judged them, finally understand and sing along, as a small choir enters in the background. It’s almost comforting. As a listener who also suffers from the same dramas, I am grateful for them to put up a theme, that would be taboo, so naturally.