Samantha Jade, aka the Aussie pop star that isn’t Kylie Minogue or Ricki-Lee, is back with a new single called “Soldier” and it’s pretty good. Samantha has never been iconic like Kylord and Ricki-Leegend. Hell, even Jessica Mauboy cleans the floor with Slaymantha, (she wishes that was her nickname). But all her post-X Factor releases have been average or above, so she is heading toward slay territory. Soldier is probably her best post X Factor single to date. It’s a mid-tempo faux-ballad about love, but has a pretty catchy chorus.
The video is so cheap though. LIKE GURRLLL BYE. Here is basically all that happens in this practically art direction-free clip: Samantha stands against a wall. Some guy stands against a wall. Props courtesy of Pier 1 Import’s clearance section fall on the ground. She randomly ends up on what looks to be a public school’s performing arts center stage dressing in her grandma’s old fancy clothes. It’s all hard to watch without glazing over. So close to amazingness Samantha! So close!