Snap Judgment: Mandy Moore's 'Extraordinary'

When it was mentioned last week that Mandy Moore had said she felt "bad that people wasted their money on such trite, blah pop music," I thought to myself, really? What about "Candy," "Crush," and "Cry"? Then, I found out that Mandy has an album, Wild Hope, due out in May this year, and she’s put her first single "Extraordinary" up on her MySpace page. This begged the question: Did Mandy feel bad too soon, or was her new stuff going to be better than blah?

I went on a quest to find out. I was greeted at Mandy’s page by her face, mouth slightly open. (She reminded me of Robin Wright Penn’s character Jenny in Forrest Gump—the hippie days, to be precise, except with brown hair.) The song started to play. I was not ready for the John Mayer pastiche that was about to stream into my ears lightly, but Mandy kept telling me that she was ready, ready, ready to be extraordinary.

I wondered, why is this song so lame—I mean, blank? How can shesound this young and underdeveloped when she sounded somewhat mature onher 2003 covers album? The press release on the website stated that shewrote her own music (surprise!). There was also this line: Mandy Mooreis "a young woman figuring out life and where she fits into thescheme of things about love, relationships, and about beingdisappointed." I suddenly remembered—oh, yeah. She’s 22 years old.

There’s still the rest of the album to consider, but the songsuggests that Mandy’s going through a quarter-life crisis and is yetwaiting for an identity to form. As for the apology, I give her creditfor her candor, minus points for her premature use of the past tense.What do you think, PopWatchers? Is Mandy Moore’s new music"Extraordinary" or just extra ordinary?

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  • Fran

    I love Mandy, but I’m disappointed by this song.

  • Alicia

    I can understand feeling embarassed about “Candy,” but I think her old songs were a hell of a lot more fun than this.

  • e

    That static photo of her in the middle of her MySpace page is so awful – I can’t believe she approves of it. This song is very 70’s lite pop, minus the requisite saxophone. The only positive thing about the song is her use of harmonies.

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  • MICHAEL

    Im not a Mandy Moore fan, but I like the song. At least she’s not trying top copy any of the other 20 something pop tarts out there.

  • fredric

    I like the song, but agree that it’s not as solid as her covers CD. It’s a tough call because Mandy’s always had a wholesome/likability factor that was lacking in the Jessicas and Britneys. I hope for her sake that she lands either a music or movie hit to launch her career – she deserves it so much more than her counterparts.

  • Telly B

    Man, I love Mandy, but this is so Jewel-lite (Jewel fat-free actually, Jewel was laready as light as air)
    I love the song in and of itself, but this will be so ignored by mainstream radio.
    I think onlythe AC format will give it any support.

  • Ed

    In My Pocket has to be one of the greatest Mandy Moore songs she ever made!
    Love it, love the video!

  • ian

    This is not that good, but is probably the best pop song out there which is pretty sad, and I agree with the Jewel comparisons.

  • NineDaves

    i’m kind of rooting for her. maybe it’s because i want nothing than to see the britney’s and jessica’s of the world fail.

  • Nick R

    I oddly like the song. No one ever said that having a thin voice is a career killer. To me it sounds like the lovechild of Liz Phair and John Mayer, and you can be guaranteed that it’s gonna play over every montage in a movie where the female lead is feeling good about herself and walking down busy city streets wistfully :p

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait for the best of MM album to come out. **So excited!**

  • C

    I thought her last album showed a lot of growth (even though they were covers). I hope the next one has better songs than this, it seems bland. In My Pocket wasn’t the best song ever, but it’s still played and one of her better ones. She’s a smart girl and has life experiences to write about (Wilmer Valderama, anyone?) I don’t see why she doesn’t pull from them.

  • Phil

    I’m wondering why mandy didn’t use this song in her new film, BECAUSE I SAID SO. I saw it last night & fully expect it to be the FEMALE flick through Valentine’s Day. Its very feel good & the actresses all play their parts exceptionally well. This song would have fit perfectly over one the end credits or during one of the dramatic love scenes. I expect BECAUSE I SAID SO to rake in some big money over the next few weeks and can’t even begin to understand why mandy wouldn’t have attached this song for some cross promotion to the movie since it IS very Jewel lite, and the odds of being an actual pop hit without cross-over promotion seems unlikely. “Extraordinary” ?? Not so much, but there’s still a few months til the album drops…

  • Mina

    You’d think that a song about being extraordinary would have more ballast. Mandy has always interested me because she sounds so self-aware and reasonably intelligent in interviews, but she never manages to express those sides of herself in her music.

  • Mina

    You’d think that a song about being extraordinary would have more ballast. Mandy has always interested me because she sounds so self-aware and reasonably intelligent in interviews, but she never manages to express those sides of herself in her music.

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