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Gym Class Heroes, ‘The Fighter’ Feat. Ryan Tedder – Song Review

Gym Class Heroes Ryan Tedder
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Ryan Tedder joins Gym Class Heroes on ‘The Fighter,’ a new song about never giving up in life that appears on ‘The Papercut Chronicles II,’ the upcoming album from Gym Class Heroes that hits stores on Nov. 15.

Frontman Travie McCoy raps about staying positive, no matter what your situation in life: “There’s no reason you should ever have your head down / Six foot five, two hundred and twenty pounds / Hailing from rock bottom, Loserville, nothing town / Text book version of the kid going nowhere fast / And now I’m yelling ‘kiss my a—’ / It’s gonna take a couple right hooks, a few left jabs / For you to recognize that you really ain’t got it bad.

Tedder sings about winning other people’s respect: “Give em hell, turn their heads / Gonna live life til we’re dead / Give me scars, give me pain / They’ll just say to me, say to me, say to me / There goes a fighter, there goes a fighter.

Tedder’s falsetto-laden delivery fails to capture the tough-guy spirit of the lyrics. He’s certainly not as believable as Christina Aguilera, back when she snarled that she was a fighter. Tedder almost sounds like he’s trying to convince himself.

Musically, the mid-tempo guitar-based groove has Tedder’s fingerprints all over it, making it feel more like a OneRepublic song featuring McCoy than a Gym Class Heroes song featuring Tedder. ‘The Fighter’ presents a decent message, but it’s never a good sign when the band members sound like guests on their own track.

Listen to Gym Class Heroes’ ‘The Fighter’ Feat. Ryan Tedder

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