Sweet But Psycho - Ava Max




The Experience: She'll make you curse, but she a blessing... Real life people are complicated...

Music video: The visuals portray jealous and sadomasochistic bedroom relationship that reduces sweet to pleasure and psycho to abusive. The video climaxes with him discovering the dead body of a previous boyfriend, and with her lighting the bed on fire. Occupied or not? We don't know. 

The Meaning of Sweet But Psycho: In Ava Max's own words in an interview with JAMS 96.3, "The track is about a girl who is misunderstood in a relationship. She thinks she's going out of her mind and psycho. But in reality, she's just a strong, independent female. In the end, the guy loves all of her sides – sweet, psycho (as he likes to call it)." Without that explanation the lyrics themselves tend towards a more superficial naughty and nice dichotomy. That lends itself to the music video's bedroom-oriented and abusive visuals, visuals that unfortunately detract from Ava Max's stated goal of portraying that strong independent female.

Ask yourself: How many dimensions are there to your relationships? Do they fall flat for lack of true depth? 

Album: - (2019)

LYRICS:


Oh, she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psycho
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"
Oh, she's hot but a psycho
So left but she's right though
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"

She'll make you curse, but she a blessing
She'll rip your shirt within a second
You'll be coming back, back for seconds
With your plate, you just can't help it

No, no, you'll play along
Let her lead you on, on, on
You'll be saying, "No, no"
Then saying, "Yes, yes, yes"
'Cause she messin' with your head

Oh, she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psycho
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"
Oh, she's hot but a psycho
So left but she's right though
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"

Grab a cop gun kinda crazy
She's poison but tasty
Yeah, people say, "Run, don't walk away"
'Cause she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psycho
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"

See, someone said, don't drink her potions
She'll kiss your neck with no emotions
When she's mean, you know you love it
'Cause she tastes so sweet, don't sugar coat it

No, no, you'll play along
Let her lead you on, on, on
You'll be saying, "No (no, no, no, no), no (no, no)"
Then saying, "Yes, yes, yes"
'Cause she messin' with your head

Oh, she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psycho
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"
Oh, she's hot but a psycho
So left but she's right though
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"

Grab a cop gun kinda crazy
She's poison but tasty
Yeah, people say, "Run, don't walk away"
'Cause she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psycho
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"

You're just like me, you're out your mind
I know it's strange, we're both the crazy kind
You're tellin' me that I'm insane
Boy, don't pretend that you don't love the pain

Oh, she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psycho
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"
Oh, she's hot but a psycho
So left but she's right though
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"

Grab a cop gun kinda crazy
She's poison but tasty
Yeah, people say, "Run, don't walk away"
'Cause she's sweet but a psycho
A little bit psycho
At night she screamin'
"I'm-ma-ma-ma out ma mind"


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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