Top 40 single reviews

Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson

Don’t You Wanna Stay

Album: My Kinda Party

Year: 2010


            A goodbye kiss gets steamy in the strained  “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

             A stitled piano opens the single, setting a hinting tone.  His quick breaths match hers as his rests his head on her shoulder. His arms caress the small of her back. A few strands of her chestnut brown hair brush his chin. He sweeps it away with his hand and kisses her neck, whispering how beautiful she is. (“I really hate to let this moment go/Touching your skin, and your hair falling slow/When a goodbye kiss, feels like this.”)


          In the chorus, once he reaches her cheek, he stops kissing her. Clarkson realizes what he’s going to say next. He asks if she like to spend more time with him. At the end of the question, he glances at his bedroom. (“Don't you wanna stay here a little while?/Don't you wanna hold each other tight?/Don't you wanna fall asleep with me tonight?/Don't you wanna stay here a little while?/We can make forever feel this way/Don't you wanna stay?”)


         She follows his glance to the bedroom and pauses for moment, thinking of how she should frame her negative answer without embarrassing him. She tells him there isn’t any need to rush. It would be just sex.  While she would like to sleep with him, she doesn’t think it’s time yet in their relationship. (“Let's take it slow, I don't wanna move too fast/I don't wanna just make love, I wanna make love last/When you're on this high, it's a sad goodbye.”)


             The chorus is sung again.

            In the bridge, Clarkson “oh yeah’s.” Aldean comments on how great she is.  Clarkson agrees. Aldean asks again. (“Oh yeah/Oh, you feel so perfect, baby/That it feels so perfect, baby/Don't you wanna stay here a little while?”)

             The chorus is sung again to close the single.

        Aldean’s pandering, prudent vocals are coy, shuffling his words up with a quick peek at the cards first before dealing. It’s a scenario he would like to win. He really wants to be a gentleman but his desire to sleep with her overrides any judgement.

       Clarkson’s dulcet, polite vocals are adamant, shielding herself from the pressure. It’s hard to believe she ever considered a date with him, let alone several. It’s doubtful she may be returning his calls anytime too soon, though. There isn’t any chemistry between Aldean or Clarkson  They seem more like friends who hang out every once in a while than a passionate couple who can't keep their hands off of each other.

     The awkward “Don’t You Wanna Stay” ruins an otherwise tender moment by thinking with only its hormones.



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