Dare I say it? I caved and bought this album because I was hooked on the music video of "I'm Not Missing You". Normally, I don't bother spending money on pop albums because you usually just get one or two good songs off them; the rest are just fillers, completely forgettable material. Most of the albums that I buy these days are trip-hop or new-soul jazz stuff. I can safely say that I probably haven't bought a pop album for at least five years.
So why the sudden splurge on Stacie Orrico? I'm a believer in giving an artist due credit. If I think that even just one song was able to reach me, it's worth the price of the whole album. "I'm Not Missing You" has well-written lyrics. The hook is stellar: "I'm not going through the motions, waiting and the hoping you call me/I'm not missing you/you might've had me open but I must be going because/I got life to do/I know I'm usually hanging on, I used to hate to see you gone/but this time it's different, I don't even feel the distance, I'm not missing you". It's got a catchy tune, and Stacie never misses a beat in her performance. Admittedly, the other songs on the album pale in comparison to "I'm Not Missing You". There are the usual completely forgettable songs ("Save Me", "I Can't Give It Up"). The lyrics of "I Can't Give It Up" in particular fall flat ("Now in this moment candles burnin oh, it's so easy/Got me compromising with my sexuality"). It's so blatantly obvious that it's about a girl who's trying to protect her virginity. There's not even a hit of poetry in the lyrics.
There are others that are somewhat catchy ("So Simple", "Easy To Luv You"). But if you're like me, and it's enough that you have one really great song, by all means get a copy. :)