With little new music on the horizon, we can at least hope for some fresh songs on the radio and video outlets from current albums. I miss the days when a label could work three or four singles a year from one project, but aside from the superstars, those days are gone.
I was a bit underwhelmed by the albums of 2008, but there are some tracks from this year’s and last year’s releases that are still waiting to be heard. One that I’d really like to see in the new year is “I Know You Won’t”, a track from Carrie Underwood’s 2007 set Carnival Ride. It’s my favorite vocal performance of hers to date.
That’s one hit waiting to happen, but far from the only one.
Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend could benefit from another shot in the arm after the quiet and understated “More Like Her.” I’d go with “Guilty in Here”:
But if they want to go with another ballad, it’s hard to top “Love Letters”, which has a classic country sound without sounding dated:
I enjoy just about all of Sugarland’s new album, and I’m pumped to know that one of my favorite cuts is the next single. But after “Love”, they should definitely tap “Very Last Country Song”:
Meanwhile, Curb has pulled a seventh single from Tim McGraw’s Let it Go album, “Nothin’ to Die For.” Good song, but c’mon. Put out “Between the River and Me” already!
There are some other cuts not on YouTube that I’d like to see released, most especially “Dreaming Fields” by Trisha Yearwood. But I’d say that’s enough from me.
What singles would you like to see released in 2009?