In the latest issue of Spin magazine, singer/songwriter John Mayer and comedian/indie rock aficionado David Cross rated the hit songs of 2003 and one of the songs was Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’. This is what they said:
Mayer: This is a killer fu**ing song. I can’t tell you the last time I watched a video on MTV and got choked up. And this song gave me the cry lump a lot.
Spin: Please define “the cry lump.”
Mayer: Like, the cry trigger. Your esophagus or something swells up. The first time I heard that “We are beautiful” line I was just floored. It becomes everyone’s song. One of the best songs of the year-absolutely.
Cross: Oh, I like this song. There’s nothing wrong with pop when it’s done right. If it’s a well-crafted song simple song, you can forgive a lot of other elements. But my girlfriend actually pointed out a contradiction in the lyrics: “Words can’t bring me down / So don’t you bring me down today.” But Christina, you just said words can’t bring you down. And yet you’re still afraid that I’m going to bring you down? But words can’t bring you down! So what am I gonna do, slip you these drugs and beat you in the head with a baseball bat?”