Monthly Melodies: February

This month’s music picks include music by Taylor Swift, The Greeting Committee and Wallows.


Ryann Daugherty

In the Monthly Melodies series, TRL covers some of the most notable albums and singles that dropped in the last month that were not covered with their own in-depth review.

“Love story (Taylor’s version)” by Taylor Swift

This was February’s best blessing in simple terms. Swift announced the release of the new version of single “Love story” on Feb. 11, and Swifties everywhere went into a frenzy. After jamming out to her “Fearless” album in 2008, it is incredible that she is recreating the experience as we all have gotten older. Although the whole album has not been released by Swift, the remake of “Love story” is satisfactory. Taylor’s version of Love story was created with new musicians, and her voice has most definitely matured as she was 18 in her original recording. Despite these differences, Taylor’s version is very similar to the original. It is refreshing yet nostalgic to hear this song again for the first time, and I am very excited to hear the rest of the album. It was a great reminder of our childhood and how many of us have even gone through some things her song talks about since hearing it for the first time. 

Rating: A 

“Beginning Middle End” by The Greeting Committee 

This song debuted in the Netflix original “To all the boys I love: Always and Forever.” This is the third movie in the series, and it seems like they nailed the soundtrack this time. With bands such as Hippo Campus and Spice Girls, The Greeting Committee stood out to me. The Greeting Committee has also written songs such as “Hands Down” and “17” that are very similar, upbeat songs that refer to romance and relationships. The Greeting Committee is a perfect mix between rock and alternative, and “Beginning Middle  End” proves that. Apart from the movie, the romantic song that alludes to marriage has a beat that makes you want to get up and dance. The song starts off with a mellow acoustic guitar and a soft voice. The song explains the relief you feel when you finally find the person while simultaneously adding drums. “Beginning Middle End” is a wholesome song that may or may not be relatable to teens, but regardless it is ridiculously catchy. 

Rating: A

“Remote” by Wallows 

I have always loved the Wallows and was very pleased when I heard their new album. Wallows has an upbeat tone in other songs while using a very monotone voice in songs such as “Pleaser,” “Are You Bored Yet?,” and “These Days.” In “Remote” you find very similar things, and truthfully, it is nothing I haven’t heard before. Despite introducing many outside sounds or voice recordings, I don’t find this album to be very unique from their usual songs. Although, the Wallows collaborated with Remi Wolf and Solomonophonic in the song “OK,” and the song is filled with voice recordings, auto tune, and layering. It is overwhelming and goes against their chill pop indie that they usually produce. This song stands out in the album and adds a sense of randomness. If the whole album was like the song “OK,” I believe it would be very interesting and would draw my attention. 

Rating: B