Friday Double Play: American Girls

Mitski: Your Best American Girl & Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: American Girl

As much as I try to keep my ear to the ground to know what’s hot in the streets, as the kids say, occasionally things can slip past me.  Every year around this time I peruse all the “Best of List’s” to see what I might have missed and what I should check out.  This is exactly how I came across Mitski, who was atop many of the Top album of the year lists.  Her haunting and introspective brand of rock seeps into your skull and just won’t come out in the most charming of ways.  She offers up a perspective on what it is like as a child of an immigrant trying to live up to the All-American expectations of a partner.  Tom Petty on the other hand takes a look at the pit falls of dreams and expectations not being fulfilled.  A main theme throughout both these songs is the high expectations that American’s place on people, whether in Mitski’s case not feeling adequate enough for her All-American counterpart, or Tom Petty’s American Girl not reaching in life what she was promised.

Mitski: Your Best American Girl

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: American Girl

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