Despite numerous personal and professional setbacks, Lindsay Lohan has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to deliver us a new single. It’s a moody dance track called “Xanax” about anxiety and toxic friends. But is it any good?
Look, when it comes to Lindsay Lohan these days, we’re just glad when she shows up looking relatively sober and coherent. At 33 years old, you can still see the spark of the spunky redhead who starred in Mean Girls. But we all know that Lindsay’s life has been beset by more than a few speed bumps–many of them ones she put there herself.
At the height of her fame in 2004, Lindsay’s debut album, Speak, managed to hit number 4 on the Billboard 200. Her followup, A Little More Personal, topped out at number 20. In 2008, she released a single called “Bossy” that later served as the theme song to Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club. But her rumored 3rd studio album never materialized, and her once-bright future seemed to grow more tarnished every year.
Her last major foray into acting–Liz & Dick–was a disaster. Her actual beach club and the reality show based on it both went belly-up. The last we heard, she was potentially the mistress of a Saudi Prince. So while singing has never been her forte, at least she’s doing something productive with her time.
Lindsay recently landed a gig as one of the hosts on the Australian version of The Masked Singer alongside Dannii Minogue (Kylie’s sister), comedian Dave Hughes, and radio presenter Jackie O.
It’s possible that this new single is an attempt to prove her credentials to judge other people’s singing. If that’s the case, she might have laid off the autotune just a smidge.
Is “Xanax” a bad song? Eh, it’s okay. For an overproduced single that will only sell copies out of a morbid sense of curiosity, it’s fine. It probably would have been a big hit at her Grecian beach club, in fact.
With lyrics like this, Lindsay isn’t exactly breaking new ground: “I try to stay away from you, but you get me high. Only person in this town that I like. Guess I can take one more trip for the night. Just for the night”
But hey, at least Lindsay feels comfortable opening up about her own struggles with mental health, bad boyfriends, and toxic friends. She sings, “I got social anxiety, but you’re like Xanax to me. Social anxiety when you kiss me, I can’t breathe,” and maybe someone listening will feel a little less alone knowing that Lindsay suffers from anxiety too.
Listen to a clip from the Kris Fade show–the music starts around the 2-minute mark!