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"Ugly Heart" is the second single by American-British-Canadian girl group G.R.L. from their self-titled EP. The song features songwriting credits from Ryan Baharloo, Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, John Charles Monds and Henry Walter, with production credits from Gottwald and Walter under their production monikers, Dr. Luke and Cirkut. The song was released on June 3, 2014 as the lead single from the EP. "Ugly Heart" is a guitar-driven pop song that also incorporates a ukulele.

Theme[]

The track centers on a man who initially appears beautiful on the outside, but later displays his ugly side. The group thought a lot of women would be able to relate to the song and hoped it would inspire them to find someone who would treat them well. The song was met with general acclaim from critics. The song's accompanying music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero. It depicts the girls being arrested by the police, after they tattoo the word "ugly" on a man's face. It was watched 2.5 million times in less than a week following its release.

Background[]

Group member Paula Van Oppen explained that "Ugly Heart" was about ending a relationship with a guy who initially appeared to be nice on the outside, but once you got to know him well, the ugly side to his personality came out. Van Oppen said the inspiration for the song "was giving that message of strength and confidence and being a good person, inside and out. Not just having the exterior surface be all that you are." Natasha Slayton hoped the track would inspire people to date someone who treated them well, instead of dating someone because of their beauty. Simone Battle commented that the track felt personal to her, as it reminded her of a time when she had crush on a guy in high school, who pretended to like her back and embarrassed her. Battle also thought there would be a lot of women who could relate to the song. While Van Oppen added that the group's songs were empowering.

The song leaked in March 2014, before it was officially released on June 3, 2014. It was sent to mainstream radio on June 24, 2014. The single's artwork was unveiled the day before the single was released.

Critical Reception[]

"Ugly Heart" received general acclaim from contemporary music critics. A writer from Popjustice branded it a "really quite brilliant song about hot wankers" and gave it a 9 out of 10 rating. The writer believed the song was better than the group's debut and improved their chances of a successful career. Jamieson Cox from Time described the song as "moonlit, guitar-oriented pop" and a "sneering kiss-off" with many "undeniable" features of a Dr. Luke production. He also praised the band members chemistry on the song. Mike Wass from Idolator thought the track was an "irresistible anthem" that left him "hooked" after one listen. He particularly liked the "guitar-pop direction" because it differed from the more dominant charting electro-pop songs. Perez Hilton described the song as infectious, great and awesome. He likened the beginning of "Ugly Heart" to a signature Jason Mraz track and praised the lead vocals.

Homorazzi.com reporter Donovan Pagtakhan named it the group's best song to date and a "catchy pop track with a folk vibe", while Maximum Pop! said the track "feels like a tune you'd pump in your car when riding with your girlfriends. Brad Stern from MTV labeled it a "certifiable, Dr. Luke-produced smash" packed with "chant-along-friendly hooks". Jason Lipshutz from Billboard quipped "the group uncovers the winning pop formula that previous single 'Vacation' failed to unlock." Melissa Redman from Renowned for Sound gave "Ugly Heart" three and a half stars out of five. She called the tune "cliche", but thought it had a "catchy appeal" and was a "nice effort from G.R.L" overall. Sugarscape.com's Carl Smith dubbed it an "insanely sassy single". Igee Okafor writing for magazine The Source likened "Ugly Heart" to "up-tempo and high-energy" releases by Ke$ha. They described the ukulele as "infectious" and the vocals as "powerful and impeccable". Billboard named the song #50 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1: Simone Battle]

Maybe I'm just crazy, maybe I'm a fool

Maybe I don't know how to love, but maybe I do

Maybe you know more than me, but this much is true

This little heart and brain of mine say we're through witchu

[Pre-Chorus: Emmalyn Estrada]

And I wonder does it blow your mind?

That I'm leaving you far behind

I wonder does it stop your heart to know

You're not my sunshine, anymore

[Chorus: All]

Okay, you're pretty, your face is a work of art

Your smile could light up New York City after dark

Okay, you're Cover Boy pretty, stamped with a beauty mark

But it's such a pity, a boy so pretty

With an ugly heart

[Verse 2: Lauren Bennett]

Maybe you'll get married, and she will kiss your feet

While I give all my rides away, I won't lose no sleep

Maybe on your honeymoon you'll think of me

But if you don't, won't shed a tear, yeah I can guarantee

[Pre-Chorus: Natasha Slayton]

And I wonder does it blow your mind?

That I'm leaving you far behind

I wonder does it stop your heart to know

You're not my sunshine, anymore

[Chorus: All, Emmalyn]

Okay you're pretty, your face is a work of art

Your smile could light up New York City after dark

Okay you're Cover Boy pretty, stamped with a beauty mark

But it's such a pity, a boy so pretty (Ooh whoa, with an ugly heart)

With an ugly heart

[Bridge: Paula van Oppen]

Okay, you're pretty, your face is a work of art

Your smile could probably light up New York after dark

Okay, you're Cover Boy pretty, stamped with a beauty mark

But it's such a pity, a boy so pretty

With...

[Interlude: Natasha & Emmalyn & Simone]

An uh- an uh- an ugly heart

An uh- an uh- an ugly heart, so...

[Chorus: All, Emmalyn, Simone]

Okay you're pretty, your face is a work of art

Your smile could light up New York City after dark

Okay you're Cover Boy pretty, stamped with a beauty mark

But it's such a pity, a boy so pretty (Yeah, ooh whoa, with an ugly heart)

With an ugly heart

Okay you're pretty, your face is a work of art

Your smile could light up New York City after dark

Okay you're Cover Boy pretty, stamped with a beauty mark

But it's such a pity, a boy so pretty (So pretty, so pretty)

With an ugly heart

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