But fun time is over Miranda. The"fun" single was released from the album, and it was time to release something of more substance. And there were several better choices. I understand not releasing "All That's Left" since your last single was already a duet. "Holding on to You" would have been a strong choice. "Hard Staying Sober" would have been even stronger. Even "Girls" would have been an acceptable choice, though not as strong as the others.
"There's no indication that someone in this song has acted wrongly toward her or even acted in a way that would make her want to have nothing to do with him. That at least would be understandable. None of that is present here."
The real problem is that Platinum didn't have nearly as many standout tracks as Four the Record did. To be honest, that should have made the single choices a lot easier, because the album was cluttered with a lot more duds than it should have had.
And now one of those duds was chosen as a single. The biggest
But even from that sassy tough girl, this song just doesn't cut it. Largely, the problem lies with the presentation of the character in the song. Usually, when she's being tough or sassy, her character in the song at least has a reason to be pissed off. "Gunpowder and Lead," "Baggage Claim," "Kerosene" all present a character who's been cheated on, beaten, or scorned in some way. There's rationale behind the emotions of the girl who's giving this attitude. Even "Fastest Girl in Town," at least presents her character to the counterpart before they get involved. "Little Red Wagon" comes off as petty...a character who just thinks she's better than someone and is just saying "you don't have a shot." It reminds me of TLCs "No Scrubs," but with even less motivation. There's no indication that someone in this song has acted wrongly toward her or even acted in a way that would make her want to have nothing to do with him. That at least would be understandable. None of that is present here.
This song is just beneath Miranda.