The album consists of many love letters. She is bold in claiming her man during the hook of “Intoxicating” where she sings: “You are mine, you are mine, you are mine, mine, mine, mine”. She is daring when it comes to making the move as she confesses her feelings in the bubbly track “Best Friends”. “Different Woman” describes the special feeling she has with someone who seems to be her Mr. Right. “I wrote this song when I fell in love with somebody who makes me feel love in a whole new way that I have never experienced before, or even thought it’s even possible” said xs in her interview, “It is magical, intense and passionate.”
xs also doesn’t shy away from expressing her sexuality. Many of her songs consist of sexual innuendos while some lyrics just speak for themselves: “My dress is on his floor” (“One Last Time”), “I wanna get freaky with you all night” (“Different Woman”) and “I wanna take your shirt off” (“Intoxicating”). Her third single “Night Shift” is also entirely dedicated to declaring her desire to make love to her lover. It is a sexual empowerment anthem, “I hope this song inspires females to feel confident about themselves and comfortable to express their sexuality if they want to,” xs shared.
By now listeners can tell that xs is a little mischievous and rebellious. Therefore, it is no surprise that she compares her relationship to the most infamous criminal couples we ever know in “Partner In Crime”: “I don’t need a Romeo, just a partner in crime / He’s more than my cameo, we are Bonnie and Clyde” in “Partner in Crime”. She lets you know that she is indeed a hopeless romantic, but she also doesn’t like to be tamed.
Apart from being the strong and confident girl we see so far, xs also reveals the darker moments in her life. She owns up to her flaws and mistakes such as not having the discipline to walk away from a relationship that is doomed to fail in “One Last Time”. She lets listeners in her most vulnerable side as she admits the feeling of loneliness in “Find Somebody” and brokenness in “Key To My Heart”. One would argue that it takes just as much or more strength to open up to the world.
Whether it was professing her love or making fun of her critics, xs is not afraid to say what’s on her mind. The album sends out a clear message to her listeners – be proud of who you are and speak up.
xs’ “Good Girls Don’t Speak Their Minds”: A track-by-track breakdown
1. One Last Time
Regardless how many times she has told herself to walk away and been warned by her friends, she keeps making the same mistakes of going back to him.
2. Different Woman
He brings out a new side of her and she likes who she is around him. xs begins experiencing love in a way that she has never felt before. She lets down her guard and willingly surrenders her heart to him.
3. Night Shift
It is a sexual empowerment anthem as xs doesn’t shy away from making the move and saying that what she wants to do with him.
It is her amusing way to poke fun at herself after receiving the comment “You talk to too many guys” in her later track “Call Me What You Like”. She even runs wild with her lyrics with “Give me some more”.
The song is not meant to be taken seriously. It is upbeat and fun, and she wants to get listeners get off their seats and dance to this electronic pop.
5. Key To My Heart
She had been through difficult times where she felt broken, made mistakes in life, or had her reputation tainted. However, he undoubtedly sticks by her side despite knowing all her past, thus her claiming that he is the one.
6. Partner In Crime
And she doesn’t want to be tamed. Luckily, she finds someone who she can gets wild together. Therefore, she compares her relationship to Bonnie and Clyde, who has been widely used to represent the unbreakable bond between two equally reckless people.
7. Good Girls Don’t Speak Their Minds
“I want this song to empower girls to never stop speaking up,” xs states.
She boldly stands up against them and confidently speaks her mind with her sassy clapback in the verses. She goes on to sing in the chorus, “They say ‘Good girls don’t speak their minds’ / I say ‘Just get out of my sight’” to show that she wants these men to stay out of her life and she wants nothing to do with them. xs playfully sings the hook “aye-e-ya-e-ya” repeatedly, which lyrically do not mean anything, just as how she describes the sexist comments she received - “gibberish” and “funny” as she called it in the song.
In this bright and bubbly bop, xs describes how obsessed she is with him because she cannot stop thinking about him and everything about him feels so enchanting and magical.
During the hook of the song, she is unashamedly claiming him by singing: “You’re mine, you’re mine, you’re mine, mine, mine, mine”, showing that she wants him to fully belong to her.
9. Best Friends
xs and her best friend have a type of friendship that everyone would be jealous of and it is obvious that they share an immense amount of chemistry. Therefore, she is telling him how they are perfect for each other, and she wants to take it to another level by turning their platonic relationship into a romantic one.
10. Find Somebody
It is raw and honest when she shares her desire to search for someone to spend time with.
11. Call Me What You Like
This song calls out practically every sexist comment one can think of. It is the perfect diss to the haters, trolls, and bullies.
xs gives a glimpse to the criticisms she receives including the way she dresses and behaves at the beginning. Then she launched into the chorus where she proudly sings about being unbothered by criticisms: “Call me what you like” and proceeds to ridicule them for giving labels, “What? A bad girl?” xs continues to go all out in the bridge to reflect show the sheer number of negative comments females have to deal with.
Much like the titular track “Good Girls’ Don’t Speak Their Minds”, this is another female empowerment anthem for any girl who is tired of the societal expectations. xs ends the album by reminding her listeners where she stands on gender stereotypes.