Country singer, entrepreneur, and influencer Jessie James Decker released her second single of 2021, “Not In Love With You.” It acts as the follow-up to the sassy and upbeat “Should Have Known Better’ that was released at the end of August. It precedes her newly announced EP The Woman I’ve Become set to come out on Friday, October 22nd. Where “Should Have Known Better” was filled with self-assertive confidence and brash lyrics, “Not In Love With You” is stacked with mature self-realizations and features a relatable narrative about growth. The two songs show Decker’s versatility as a storytelling-vocalist through the opposing emotions she communicates in each one.
“Not In Love With You” begins with Decker’s soft vocals admitting to bittersweet confessions as she sings, “If I hear that you’re out at a party, I don’t go / Used to call you when I got drunk, now I don’t drink anymore.” The song’s beautiful story was crafted by songwriters Jordyn Shellhart, who’s written for artists like Kelsea Ballerini and Little Big Town, and Ross Ellis, a well-known country music composer who’s helped pen tracks for singers like Thomas Rhett, Ingrid Andress, Kane Brown, and Martina McBride. The chorus has some of the most distinctive lines because of how introspective and relatable they are. Decker sings, “I got a long way to go / I got a lot of work to do / Baby, I know I’m still in love alone / But at least I’m not in love with you.”
“Not In Love With You” has a mellow and spacious-sounding instrumental. Decker’s vocals have the vital job of expressing the sentiments of the song as it builds and builds until the final chorus where Decker starts to belt out the words instead of singing gently as she did in the first two verses.
The most entrancing part of “Not In Love With You” is the short yet noticeable bridge. The sounds of the track transform into a cosmic whirlwind as Decker sings about taking baby steps in her healing journey. There are also stunning background vocals that add much more emotion to the already gorgeous soundscape. As the bridge ends, Decker exclaims the simple yet powerful line, “I guess I’m making progress.”
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