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Charlie Puth “That’s Not How This Works” Song Review

"That's Not How This Works": Charlie Puth and Dan + Shay collaborate on a heartbreaking ballad about toxic love.

That’s Not How This Works (feat. Dan + Shay) – Single

Charlie Puth

  • Genre: Pop
  • Date: 31 Mar, 2023
  • Content: Not-explicit
  • Track(s): 1
  • ℗ 2023 Atlantic Records Group LLCCharlie Puth &Quot;That’s Not How This Works&Quot; Song Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, June 23, 2024

“That’s Not How This Works” by Charlie Puth featuring Dan + Shay is a depressing pop single about the end of a relationship. The melody warns a lover who has left a relationship not to return. The chorus reiterates the song’s title to emphasize that the post-relationship return of a toxic former does not work.

The single was initially teased in 2020 but was ultimately omitted from CHARLIE, Puth’s third studio album. The music video, which features Sabrina Carpenter, incorporates elements from an earlier short film by Puth.

The vocals of Dan + Shay lend the song a country flavor, transforming it into an impassioned ballad. The duo sings about how an ex-partner attempts to re-enter the rhythm of their former relationship but only succeeds in offering justifications.

The chorus concludes that this is not how it works, although the verses describe various endeavors by an ex-partner to re-enter the relationship. The lyrics offer solace to Puth and are relatable to those who have experienced a similar situation.

The tune was co-written and produced by Puth and Dan Smyers. It is the first release by Dan + Shay since their Christmas album late last year. Carpenter, who is featured in the music video, is presently on the second leg of her successful Emails I Can’t Send tour across North America. She also released a remix of “Nonsense” by Coi Leray and a deluxe edition of her album.

“That’s Not How This Works” is an unanticipated collaboration, and the music video takes viewers on a voyage through a turbulent relationship. The video begins with throwback scenes of Carpenter and Puth in a happy relationship but soon transitions to scenes of the couple fighting and crying. The music video mirrors the lyrics, traversing toxic love cycles.

“That’s Not How This Works” is a well-produced, emotional lament that highlights the vocal abilities of Puth and Dan + Shay. The lyrics are relatable and offer solace to those who have experienced similar situations. The music video is well-made and matches the mood of the tune, making it essential viewing.

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