PMJ has come up in various threads from time to time—Haley Reinhart has just a spectacular voice for sure. That snarl is incredible af.
Where I struggle with PMJ in general is trying to get any meaning or emotion out of their material. It’s pretty eye and ear candy. But once you get past that, it feels like empty theatrical calories.
I freely admit that may just be a function of their medium—PMJ needs clicks, not commercial acclaim. But there have been many covers over the years that have provided new and interesting meaning from the material, or squeezed out some emotion you just hadn’t realized was there. PMJ feels like it’s just dressing up in a costume and winking slyly at you the entire time.