Jessica Simpson – “Walkin’ Round In A Circle”

Track #5 off of A Public Affair, released 2006

At this point in her career, Jessica Simpson had accomplished a lot but one thing many critics and fans will often overlook is her dynamism as a recording artist. Her music has always had influences of other genres and embellishments, and she has always executed it very well. But some of her best work are songs like “Walkin’ ‘Round In A Circle”: acoustics that let her vocals shine in a different way than her signature ballads do and lyrics that go beyond just romance. While we’ve seen things like this from other pop stars, the reason this song is significant is because it doesn’t sound like it’s necessarily meant to be a pop song. I know that might sound contradictory coming from a a legitimate pop artist, but it shows that Jessica is able to step outside of her usual routine and do something most pop artists are afraid of: change. Not only did she change, but she also did it successfully. There’s a fine line between inspiration and imitation and somehow she never crosses over into imitation territory, always sounding like her genuine self. Songs like these are hidden gems in her discography that I’m sure most people won’t even know about. And maybe that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.

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