August 23, 2008
I did a post similar to this last November (“Songs I Hate by Artists I Love”) but readership has grown exponentially since then, and the topic complements yesterday’s perfectly. Since I already hit up the Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis and Dwight Yoakam back then, I’ll turn my sights on another act that I rarely find fault with: Trisha Yearwood.
There are only two Trisha Yearwood albums that I don’t particularly care for. The first is her debut, Trisha Yearwood, which features four great singles and another track or two that I somewhat enjoy. As a whole, though, it’s a tentative affair, which is understandable, given that it’s a debut album and all.
The other is less excusable. Released at the height of her popularity, Where Your Road Leads was her only album to feature Tony Brown at the helm. I could forgive its pop flavor if it was actually good pop, but never before or since has Yearwood been paired with such forgettable material. For me, the worst offender was one of the hits: “Powerful Thing.”
I’ve never understood the appeal of this song. It’s a few beats too slow, and there’s no discernible melody in the verses, which are sung like they’re supposed to rhyme, even though they don’t. Then there’s the chorus, with its repeated declarations of “it’s a powerful thing”, a maddeningly vague description that the rest of the lyrics fail to illuminate. It’s radio-friendly pap that’s beneath the singer trying to sell it, the worst offender on the album that is thankfully both Yearwood’s first and last blatant attempt at making a commercial record.
What are some songs you don’t like by artists you do?