Over (Lindsay Lohan song)
|Single by Lindsay Lohan|
|from the album Speak|
"To Know Your Name"
|Released||December 13, 2004|
|Studio||Henson Recording Studios|
|Producer(s)||John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi|
|Lindsay Lohan singles chronology|
"Over" is a song by American actress and singer Lindsay Lohan from her debut studio album Speak (2004). The song was written by Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks and Lohan, and produced by the former two. "Over" was released as the second single from Speak on December 13, 2004, in the United States, by Casablanca Records. Lyrically, "Over" is about how her boyfriend will not commit and that their relationship feels "on again, off again".
Critically, "Over" received positive reviews from music critics, who called the song "catchy" and praised Lohan's vocal performance. Commercially, "Over" achieved moderate success, reaching top 30 positions in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the single peaked at number one on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart for three weeks.
Jake Nava directed the accompanying music video for "Over", which depicts Lohan and her love interest, played by Drew Fuller, being distanced by his parents. Lohan performed "Over" in TV programs such as Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in addition to online performances.
Background and composition
"Over" was written by Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks and Lohan, and produced by DioGuardi and Shanks, with Shanks playing the bass, guitar, keyboards and doing the mixing, while DioGuardi provided backing vocals. Jeff Rothschild was responsible for Lohan's vocal recording, which occurred at the Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. He also handled the song's mixing, programming and engineering. Other engineers involved were Dave Audé and Mark Valentine. "Over" is written in the time signature of common time with a moderate tempo of 90 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of C minor with Lohan's voice spanning from C4 to C5. According to Spence D. of IGN, "Over" begins like a song by the Cure, complete with a "mournful acoustic guitar" and a "haunting piano-tuned synth". He wrote that since the song was not penned by Robert Smith, "it quickly turns into a slow rocker in which Lohan returns to her 'can't live without you' love torn subject matter". In an 2014 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lohan told DeGeneres the song was about her break-up with Wilmer Valderrama.
"Over" received positive reviews from critics. While responding negatively to a majority of Speak, John Murphy of MusicOMH cited "Over" as being "actually rather good" and noted similarities between the song and the works of Michelle Branch. Nicholas Fonseca from Entertainment Weekly considered the track a "tween-slumber-party-friendly" which "is perfect for singing into your curling iron in front of the mirror".
"Over" achieved moderate chart success around the globe. In the United States, the single reached number one on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart for three weeks and reached number 39 on the Mainstream Top 40 component chart. In the United Kingdom, the single reached a peak of number 27 on the UK Singles Chart. In Australia, "Over" debuted at its peak of number 27 on the ARIA Charts, falling out of the chart seven weeks later. "Over" also attained the top 30 in Ireland, peaking at number 19. On the European Hot 100 Singles, "Over" managed to reach number 79.
The accompanying music video for "Over" was directed by Jake Nava in Los Angeles, who also directed the music video for Lohan's previous single "Rumors". The music video was inspired by the 1999 film American Beauty.
In the music video, Lohan is walking home when she sees her love interest, played by Drew Fuller, looking out of a window in his house as his mother sets the table behind him. Then his father comes up to him and they begin to argue. The curtains close and Lohan continues on to her house, next door to her boyfriend's, and runs up to her bedroom. Looking out her window, she sees that he is looking back at her. As noted inside Lohan's bedroom, she is starting to experiment with rebellious adolescence. There are Teletubbies and stuffed pandas, but also posters of bands such as L7, the Dead Kennedys and CBGB. These imagery are intercut with shots of Lohan and her band playing in a garage, a pool party and also her love interest destroying his father's car in the family garage.
The music video received positive reviews from critics. IGN's Spence D. commented that "you've got a somewhat cliched, but nonetheless hit-worthy video montage". Justin Moran, while ranking Lohan's best music videos in Paper magazine, stated,
"In the video for angry rock-pop track "Over," Lindsay stares at a neighbor boy from her bedroom window, wears too much black eye makeup, hooks up with said boy in a random trailer and cries... a lot. This video has a completely over-the-top dramatic ending with Lindsay doing donuts with the neighbor boy in a vintage car (amazing), only to be interrupted by his abusive father. Lindsay cries more, breaks through a window with her heel and shatters a lamp on the ground. Yes, Lindsay, yes. We love it when you're angry."
In order to promote the single, Lohan appeared on Sessions@AOL on December 2, 2004, where she performed "Over". Her first televised appearance was on Good Morning America, four days later, as a part of the Women Rule Concert Series, where she sang "Over" accompanied by a performance of "Rumors". While she sang "Over" with no problems, her mouth was not moving for a second during the performance of "Rumors", leading the media to accuse her of lip synching. Lohan denied that she was lip synching, claiming that there was a backing track because she had fallen ill recently. Kim Jakwerth, of Casablanca Records, supported this statement by saying, "Yes, on the first song there were background tracks, which were not on the second song." In addition to these performances, she sang the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on December 16. In January 2005, Lohan performed "Over" and "Speak" at Yahoo's Live@Launch, where she also gave an interview.
Track listing and formats
|1.||"Over" (music video)||3:36|
|3.||"Rumors" (music video)||3:25|
|4.||"Rumors" (The Sharp Boys Vocal Mix)||7:24|
|2.||"Over" (Full Phatt Remix)||3:39|
|3.||"To Know Your Name"||3:19|
|4.||"Over" (music video)||3:36|
|3.||"Over" (Full Phatt Remix)||3:39|
Credits and personnel
- Recorded and mixed at Henson Recording Studios.
- Lindsay Lohan – songwriting, vocals
- Kara DioGuardi – songwriting, producer, backing vocals
- John Shanks – songwriting, producer, bass, guitar, keyboards, mixing
- Dave Audé – engineer
- Jeff Rothschild – drums, engineer, mixing, programming
- Mark Valentine – engineer
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||49|
|European Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||76|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||40|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||52|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||27|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||1|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||39|
|United States||December 13, 2004||Contemporary hit radio|
|Germany||March 14, 2005||Digital download||Universal|
|United Kingdom||April 25, 2005||DVD single||Universal-Island|
|Germany||May 23, 2005||Maxi single||Universal|
|United Kingdom||February 13, 2006||Digital download||Universal-Island|
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