Julia Michaels Gives Jealousy a Pop-Rock Makeover on “All Your Exes”
The single comes with the announcement of her debut album coming April 30.
Julia Michaels says what’s on everyone’s mind. Well, she writes pop songs about what’s on her mind, which happen to spill into the darks cracks of intimacy without coming off as being cheesy and venturing into territory that’s very relatable. Her latest single, “All Your Exes,” is a prime example of a vulnerable pop-punk banger that runs off a satirical cliff like Thelma & Louise.
“All Your Exes” is an exaggerated, violent ode to feeding the jealous monster that lives inside you. “I wanna live in a world where all your exes are dead / I want to kill all the memories that live in your head,” she sings during the chorus. Sometimes being so in love can bring out the possessive demon in oneself. “All Your Exes” is a reminder of that hideous emotional reality, which is best lived out as a satirical pop song rather than any toxic relationship behaviors.
Michaels revealed in a press statement some details about the song and her forthcoming album: “In the past I’ve definitely been a bitter lemon when it came to love, but all of that has changed. Now that I’m in a healthy relationship I’ve redirected that angst from my ex to my current partner’s exes. I hope fans will appreciate the dark humor of the song. I wrote it with JP [Saxe], and it’s about being so obnoxiously in love that it’s actually painful to think about that person having been with anyone else—like, how is that even possible that you were with someone else before me?”
Listen to “All Your Eves” below.