With a few notable exceptions Brad Paisley’s catalog consists of jocularity and love. He covers both categories rather well, but he also runs the risk of sounding stale after trotting out the same themes time and time again, since he’s starting to show that he can’t find a fresh way to tackle either of them.
With his latest single, “Then,” Paisley turns out another love song. While there is nothing wrong with a quality love song, this one is less than memorable and overwhelmed by clichés. This predictable little ditty expresses that while he thought he loved her at the beginning of their relationship, he loves her even more now:
“And now you’re my whole life
Now you’re my whole world
And I just can’t believe
The way I feel about you, Girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.”
Need I say more?
Of course, it’s an admirable enough sentiment with an inoffensive production, but it’s not at all impressive coming from an artist with so many years of songwriting experience behind him. Furthermore, it only blends in with other songs of its lifeless ilk rather than adding anything unique, which will likely make for a song that will not be remembered after its chart run.
Written by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois & Ashley Gorley
Listen: Brad Paisley, “Then”