With "Everybody's Got Their Own Part to Play," Florida singer-songwriter Shannon Wright comes this close to pulling a fast one on us. The piano part galloping through the song has such a jaunty, bouncy feel, it very nearly obscures the meaning of Wright's bleak, accusatory lyrics ("You shoulda known better/ To ask for something you wouldn't get"). But such trickery is fair game in pop music -- to paraphrase John Lennon (whose influence is all over this track), sometimes it takes a sugar coating for listeners to swallow a bitter pill.
-- David Marchese
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