The Political Pop Artist
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Freshman Andrea Blunt’s “Revolution” is one of the most striking contributions on Out of Order. With an almost angelic voice, Blunt sings about societal concerns like Medicare, the FCC and the unrealistic expectations created by watching television. Then, over the tune’s bouncy piano, she decides on a radical way to cure these social ills. Blunt concludes in the song’s chorus that “if the system doesn’t work/ Can’t reform it/ Gotta break, gotta break, gotta break it/ Revolution.”
In her CSUMB dorm room, which has two walls covered in fashion and perfume ads ripped from glossy magazines, Blunt says she wrote the song in high school after debating for Medicare at a Junior Statesman of America Conference in Santa Clara. Following the debate, she went directly home and wrote “Revolution” in 10 minutes. “I think it was the quickest song I’ve ever written,” she says. “I turned my teen angst into a song.”
Blunt, who says she is constantly revising her repertoire of 11 original numbers, admits that all of her songs aren’t political. “This is the one love song,” she says as she starts to play “I Will Love You Just the Same” on her keyboard, which is jammed between two dorm beds. Though the tune definitely falls into pop ballad territory and features numerous mentions of the word “love,” Blunt’s amazing voice carries the song.
Next she unveils her newest composition, titled “Oh, Mandy.” Significantly darker than the love song, this one details a young woman who takes advantage of a young man with lyrics like “Is he another notch on your stick?”
Blunt is hoping to finish her first album by this summer and pursue a music career similar to that of her idols Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. “Their voices are flawless,” she says, “and they have their own styles that they have cultivated throughout their careers.” With “Revolution,” Blunt has already taken a step in the right direction.