“I feel stupid telling my mom, one more time that we’re back together,” St. Louis native Renee Blair sings at the beginning of her new song, “Better Off.” Honest lyrics like that that are bound to nab a listener’s attention immediately. On the sassy new single, released today, rising country star Blair tells an on-and-off again lover that they’re just “better off” being eternally off.
The song features a unique mix of instrumentation, vocals, and lyrics to create a groovy mid-tempo track that’s oh-so-relatable. Interestingly, upon her signing to Shane McAnally’s SMACK Songs, the superstar writer-producer-mastermind revealed, “She is determined to write the right songs to showcase her unique brand of R&B inspired Country music. She is a true artist in every sense.”
That R&B inspired country music is on full display here, having been tossed into a blender with a hint of pop, creating a catchy melody that’s sure to be stuck in your head. You’ll be singing along after one listen and what’s especially exciting about “Better Off” is the unique way Blair uses the song’s lyrics. She uses her timing and phrasing cleverly here, revealing that “maybe we’re just better off…off” and “we’re kinda like our clothes…on again, off again…” Knowing she’s stuck in an endless cycle of breaking up and making up, Blair suggests that maybe this relationship is better off being finally and permanently off.
Blair first played the song for New York Country Swag back in January when we hosted her for one of our Live Swag Sessions, check out the exclusive acoustic version below.
While the Nashville transplant grew up on the likes of Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, and Tanya Tucker, one of her biggest influences is rapper Nelly, and there’s a hint of that cross-genre feel here. “I think it is a huge testament to where music is right now, it’s becoming very cross-genre. I think it’s awesome,” she told NYCountry Swag of the rapper’s collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. “The fans are the best judgment, they just like good music and they don’t care what you call it and I think it is a great way to just bring everyone together.
Co-written by Blair, McAnally, Walker Hayes, Matt McGinn, and Jordan Schmidt, “Better Off” is a great follow-up to her previous release, “Me Tonight,” which showed a softer side of the singer-songwriter. She is currently putting the finish touches on her debut SMACK Songs EP, produced by McAnally.
“Better Off” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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