Something More (Secondhand Serenade song)

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"Something More"
Single by Secondhand Serenade
from the album Hear Me Now
Released June 1, 2010[1]
Format Digital Download
Genre Alternative
Length

3:24

13:17 (Deluxe Single)
Label Glassnote
Writer(s) John Vesely
Producer(s) John Vesely, Tom Breyfogle
Secondhand Serenade singles chronology
"Maybe""
(2009)
"Something More"
(2010)

Something More is the first single by Alternative rock band Secondhand Serenade from their third studio album Hear Me Now. The track was released onto iTunes on June 1st, as a deluxe single with a bonus track “You Are A Drug”, a video showing the making of “Something More”, and a digital booklet. The song first appeared on Kid Kraddick’s nationally syndicated radio show on May 17th. [2]

Background[edit]

Driven by a piano melody and mid-tempo percussion, the ballad is focused on Vesely's vocals, as he wails about self-revelation and purpose in life: "There must be something more. Do we know what we're fighting for?... I fooled everyone and now what will I become? I have to start this over... There must be something more. Do we know what we're fighting for?", the hypnotic ballad reflects on learning how to forgive and move on from a shattered relationship. [3] [4]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Something More has received mixed reviews from most of critics.

Alex Vitoulis from Billboard.com.  : "As Vesely sings of the internal strife that a breakup can cause, he powerfully conveys the very human message that everyone makes mistakes. A no-brainer for top 40 and hot AC radio formats, "Something More" is sure to saturate the summer airwaves."

"...however, is a poignant prodding of life’s purpose—hardly a new subject matter, but everyone’s entitled to their chance to untangle it—accompanied by genre-blending R&B beats." -The Album Project[5]

“The first single, is definitely radio ready if nothing else. It seems to borrow influences from both The Fray and Onerepublic, although a great deal of that arises from the production as opposed to an actual stylistic change. -Sputnik Music[6]

"The carries a sentiment that could easily resonate with middle-schoolers and post-grads. But are they profoundly deep? Therein lies the conundrum with Vesely. Sure his Hallmark lyrics may not exactly be thought-provoking, but his ability to marry heart-on-sleeve intimacy with radio-ready choruses truly knows no bounds. In short, when it comes to Top 40 and AC radio formats, there are few better than this guy." -Absolute Punk[7]

Track listing[edit]

Deluxe single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Something More"     3:24
2. "You Are a Drug"     3:46
3. "Something More (Making Of)"     6:07
4. "Something More (Deluxe Single)" (Digital Booklet)    

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