Marit Larsen is one of the great sweethearts of modern pop; a singer-songwriter who can’t help but make even the darkest emotions sound like something out of a wholesome romance story. “What If” is a love song, but its sentiment is poisoned by her character’s intense insecurity. She frets about ruining this great love, openly singing “There’s no way around it / you’re too good for me.” Larsen’s song plays up a slightly devious tone on the verses, suggesting that maybe she is truly coming from a place of genuine damage, but it’s hard to get through the chorus without thinking that all these fears are unjustified. As the song goes along, Larsen pledges her devotion despite her qualms, and her resolve is compelling than her lingering dread.
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