September 15, 2009
It’s hard not to at least mildly enjoy “How Far Do You Wanna Go?”. It’s catchy. It has a feel-good vibe, and the authentic kind that’s missing from many of the upbeat singles released by mainstream country artists these days. It pulses with a palpable energy, making the song quite infectious – and very appropriately complementing the “let’s leave this town and never look back” storyline.
It’s also hard to ignore the clunky production in the chorus –I don’t mind prominent rock flavoring in country music when it’s done effectively, but I’m not so sure that’s the case with this song– and the not-so-tight harmonies. And I’d be remiss not to mention the song’s striking similarities to Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” particularly the melody and phrasing of the verses. Considering the group has cited Fleetwood Mac as one of its major influences, this isn’t exactly surprising – but it is a little… off-putting.
All that aside, the most interesting thing about “How Far Do You Wanna Go?” is that it embodies a sweet balance of free-spirit and maturity, a stark contrast to the purely youthful “Wild at Heart.” I think this quality is a sign of potential, and actually notably sets the group apart from its counterparts in the industry.
Written by Danny Myrick, Matt Serletic & Jeffrey Steele
Listen: How Far Do You Wanna Go?