March 9, 2007
Brad Paisley, “Ticks”
Okay, good points first. He’s sounding more fully involved than usual, suggesting he’s finally maturing as a singer. He’s always sounded strangely detached to me on record, but he gets a few good trills in on this record.
The production’s good too, and I suspect that stellar guitar work is courtesy of Mr. Paisley himself. It’s about time he started showcasing that skill on his singles.
Good points having been said, let’s come back down to reality. This is a come-on song built around the pick-up line “I’d like to check you for ticks.” That’s right. Ticks. The title has nothing to do with a clock ticking, or little personality quirks. He’s talking about the bugs. After all, “you never know where one might be.” Or my personal favorite: “The only thing allowed to crawl over you when we get there is me.”
This may be the very first mainstream country single to completely skeeze me out. Way to go, Brad.
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