Sometimes it takes somebody to cross the threshold of those confident twenties to come back and provide moral support and confidence to younger peers. That seems to be exactly what 21-year-old blonde bombshell Kellie Pickler is attempting with “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful.”
Sang to a 15 year-old, it’s assumed that either Pickler is speaking to herself or a generation, when she sings of unkempt hair, tattered clothes in this Cinderella tune. Whether it’s the same girl further down the line, the second verse is an abstinence call to a “prom queen in a backseat.” The last verse appeals to a 30-something whose boyfriend left her for a youthful lookalike.
Pickler’s concept is somewhat clever, and few could argue the resonance of these issues in our culture today. However, perhaps Pickler sacrifices songwriting a bit for adaptability in leaving it to be determined if this is indeed a story or three separate vignettes. Additionally, Pickler fails to appease the wounds of these victims with more than “you’re beautiful,” something that the prom king and the runaway ex inevitably said at one time. Although the song is uplifting at a distance, the chorus and verses feel a bit mismatched, as does the storyline on what could have easily been an innovative concept coming from such a young star on the Nashville scene.