July 24, 2009
You may already recognize this song from Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear album. But then again, you may not, since it’s not especially memorable, anyway. Much like Paisley’s “Then”, “It Did” sentimentalizes that life just keeps getting better and better with each progressing milestone (courtship, wedding, baby).
Paisley’s version is superior in production quality while Larsen’s warm voice outshine’s Paisley’s vocals. However, in either case, the melody and lyrics are particularly bland with Larsen’s unimaginative pop infused production managing to turn an already unengaging song into something next to insufferable. Furthermore, this song just wasn’t worth recycling in the first place.
While Larsen has not always chosen songs that have risen to the occasion of his rich baritone, I was hoping that the lead single for his third album would show us that his song selections had finally caught up to his immense vocal talent. Disappointingly, “It Did”does not.
Written by Jim Collins & Marv Green
Listen: Blaine Larsen, “It Did”