is a song by American singer Jo Jo from her second studio album, The High Road (2007).It was written by Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander and Ruth-Anne Cunningham, and produced by the former two with Da Family Records founder Vincent Herbert.from going overboard and, by the end of the song, proves high notes are well within her range", while selecting "Too Little, Too Late" as a "Top Track" from the album.Alex Macpherson from The Guardian wrote that the singer remains "at her best when compulsively dissecting emotional situations straight out of high-school movies via the medium of big, heartfelt choruses", identifying "Too Little, Too Late" as a "wonderfully weepy pinnacle".According to Kathi Kamen Goldmark of Common Sense Media, the ballad is about heartbreak and refusing to repeat the same mistake, demonstrated by the lyrics "You say you dream of my face/but you don't like me, you just like the chase…It doesn't matter anyway", Writing for The Odyssey, Brandy Blaise believes the song's "powerful" moral to be about "Accepting that you deserve better and its just a little too late for your partner to fix things", demonstrated by its lyrics "Go find someone else. You got a problem but don't come asking me for help"; Describing it as simultaneously "a hate track" and "a heartbreak track", Jane Hu, a music critic for Medium, compared the song to Whitney Houston's "It’s Not Right but It’s Okay" (1999) as though it "were sung by a 15-year-old." Some music journalists have speculated or not the song potentially correlates to Jo Jo's own dating life, particularly her relationship with athlete Freddy Adu, which ended around the time the song was released.Believing that "art predicted life" when she was first introduced to the track, Jo Jo explained, "when I started dating a few years later, I wondered if those songwriters hadn’t instinctively picked up on something.” About.com's Bill Lamb was receptive towards Jo Jo's vocal performance, writing that the singer "provides just enough control to keep [its] sentiments ...However, the record was ultimately broken by Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You", which jumped from number 97 to number one on the issue dated February 7, 2009.Alexander had begun writing "Too Little, Too Late" on his own before Steinberg joined him to complete it, particularly contributing lyrics and a bridge to the music Alexander had already composed for the song's verses and chorus.
Although Cunningham always envisioned the song being recorded by Jo Jo, the songwriters had considered offering "Too Little, Too Late" to American girl group The Pussycat Dolls before it was forwarded to Blackground Records upon learning that the record label was recruiting new material for Jo Jo's then-upcoming sophomore album, two years after it had been written.Steinberg identified "Too Little, Too Late" as one the few songs in his career to which he contributed only after some of it had already been written, with Alexander introducing the song to him after he had already conceived its title, as well as some of the ballad's lyrics and melody, admitting that Steinberg essentially "helped him finish writing that song and that lyric." After hearing Cunningham perform another one of her original songs, Steinberg invited her to collaborate with him on writing "Too Little, Too Late", which they successfully completed by the following day during a writing session with Alexander.Upon learning that Bruce Carbone, executive vice president of A&R at Universal Records, was interested in obtaining new material for Jo Jo's then-upcoming second studio album, Steinberg sent a demo recording of "Too Little, Too Late" to Carbone, who immediately expressed how much he liked the song.A Spanish version of the song was released on select non-US editions of The High Road.Musically, Jo Jo identified "Too Little, Too Late" as a pop song into which R&B elements had been incorporated using various harmonies and chord progressions, "but still kept it rock in the hook when it explodes." According to Max Goldberg of Complex, the break up song narrates "The story of a fed-up Jo Jo curbing some guy who wasn't up to snuff", with the artist taking a different approach to dealing with teenage heartbreak that does not involve crying about the situation to her mother.Commercially, "Too Little, Too Late" remains her most successful single to-date.By becoming a global hit, the song also benefited Cunningham's career as a songwriter.I've almost never really sat down and said, 'I'm going to try to write one that would be good for somebody younger.' I just write a song, and then if somebody younger likes it, then they sing it." That same year, a CD single was released in Europe that, in addition to the main track, includes an instrumental version, two remixes ("Full Phatt Remix Feat Tah Mac" and "Full Phat Remix"), and a promotional video.Writing the song in a more urban contemporary style was a conscious decision the songwriters made after realizing pop rock songs they had written for artists such as Fe Fe Dobson and The Veronicas were not being particularly embraced by contemporary radio stations in the United States; Steinberg elaborated, "I enjoy writing in all different styles.And herein lies a basic principle of the pop song: Jo Jo’s performance on 'Too Little Too Late' is irreducible to any evidence of authenticity.She did not have to write the song, nor live its lyrics at the time of recording, for it to cut across as real. We’re all bound to meet an asshole or two between 15 and 25.