Wow wow wow. I’m so neglectful of this blog sometimes lol. I actually had started writing this post like the day after Christmas, but I never finished it and just kept it as a draft until now (I also erased some comments I made that wouldn’t make sense today lol – I just left the pic of Toby there). Anyway, I’m here to review some singles I have yet to have voiced my opinion on, so far. This is based off of the current R & R chart rankings.
10. “Down the Road” – Kenny Chesney & Mac MacAnally:
- Can’t believe I’m saying this, but this song isn’t too bad. I like the acoustic and simplicity it has and I’m glad Kenny experimented on something kinda different here and introduced us to MacAnally. Not an incredible song or anything, but gotta give this Jimmy Buffett-wannabe some credit (and credit for ditching the puka necklace – that was getting so old, man). 2.0 out of 5 stars.
12. “Sweet Thing” – Keith Urban:
- I kinda reviewed this in my CMA Awards reaction post, and it was actually favorable. Urban did a solidly gripping performance of his new single and it stood out. I would not consider it country at all, but damn, is it catchy. I think some of the verses’ sound are reminiscent of Rascal Flatts’s (horrific) remake of “Life Is a Highway”, but Urban is miles better than them (but just as pop, IMO) and the comparison with those songs only lies there. This single’s chorus, as mentioned in other online reviews, is similar to Urban’s other songs, like “Better Life” and “Somebody Like You”, however it is still pretty fresh. Surprisingly, I like the “do do do do do“s, and I think a lot of my likeness for the song began with the CMA performance, in which I first heard the song debuted. Not country at all, but I like it, and bought the Mp3 on Amazon.com (well, I used my Pepsi free points to get it, so I don’t feel so guilty supporting him lol). 4.0 out of 5 stars. Buy here!
13. “God Love Her” – Toby Keith:
- This is actually my first time hearing this (btw, that is a nice pic of Toby above), and I don’t think it’s great or horrible – kind of in the middle. Definitely a more mainstream-rock/poppier sounding Toby, with a similar feel of “Whiskey Girl”. It’s catchy, though a little overproduced. I wouldn’t call myself a Toby fan anymore, by no means (I think that shipped sailed several years ago – he just got annoying). Nothing special here. 2.0 out of 5 stars.
14. “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” – Brooks & Dunn with Reba McEntire:
- Like I’ve said before: I’m lovin’ that B&D brought back the fiddle to their music! It’s been absent way too long. This song is classic Brooks & Dunn, like their old stuff in the ’90s and I love it. Bringing on Reba made it even better (though, I think this new recording sounds too “live” and it was edited in somewhat oddly). I would comment more, but I’m considering another post on them in the future, so I don’t wanna repeat myself. Cool music video too! 4.5 out of 5 stars. Buy here!
16. “River of Love” – George Strait:
- Don’t want to say much about this huge disappointment of a single (and a song), especially since Strait is my #1, because it’s just a bad choice of a song to record. Nice steel guitar but not even the King could get me to like this. Now, I really see how radio stations will play just about anything from certain people, regardless of the quality, even from some of my favorites. This is a shipwreck, in my eyes, but of course it will be a top 5. 1.5 out of 5 stars.