Pop rock song “Jolie” by Rook Monroe follows the timeless theme we can’t get enough of in music: being caught up on someone who doesn’t love you back.
Rook Monroe jumpstarts the song with a killer beat composed of bass, guitar and drums. His relaxing, smooth tone is akin to boy pablo which he combines with lovely falsetto vocals. He sings, “I want what you got - Jolie” as he goes into the extremely catchy chorus. There’s a touch of comedy as he is describing his attempts to move on and he sings, “I kissed someone today but I called out her name.” The whole story reminds me of a song we all love to sing at the top of our lungs: Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.”
Rook Monroe is an LA-based artist who made a name for himself by penning hit songs like Rhianna’s “Desperado” and for other big names including The Chainsmokers. “Jolie” is his self-written, debut single in collaboration with production masters Trackside (Tinashe, BabyJake, Selena Gomez) and Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen.) Monroe lists rock music as one of his influences for this project.
Written by Annika Johnson, edited by Hannah Schneider