BRAD PAISLEY, “She’s Everything”
Every time I think he can’t make a more conscending love song, he surprises me. Is there any woman who’d really be touched by being compared to a pair of running shoes or a Saturn with a sun roof?
BROOKS & DUNN, “Building Bridges”
Harmonies from Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow give this nice mid-tempo song an extra boost.
JOSH TURNER, “Would You Go With Me”
He’s got a remarkably deep voice that gives some substance to what is essentially a light love song. I love the arrangement, too.
KEITH URBAN, “Once In A Lifetime”
Usually his up-tempo songs are interchangable, but this one stands out. His vocal has more flavor than usual and the groove has a bit more kick. Perhaps being married to Nicole Kidman pushes your love songs into a higher gear?
RASCAL FLATTS, “My Wish”
A blatant re-write of “I Hope You Dance”. I’m sure it will be a smash.
SARA EVANS, “You’ll Always Be My Baby”
This would’ve been better without the strings. Evans sounds better against a country backdrop. She’s too twangy to pull off the pop stuff. That said, the song itself is solid and she gives an effective performance. The producers should’ve let the song and the singer shine on their own.