Kellie Pickler has quietly become one of the most played female artists on country radio, the unthinking man’s alternative to fellow top twenty regular Miranda Lambert. She’s done it largely with fluff, but there’s no real shame in that. Sylvia made a whole career out of it an won a Female Vocalist trophy along the way. Granted, it was from the ACM, but a mantle decoration is a mantle decoration.
So the question is, how good is this fluff? As the man who trashed both “Red High Heels” and “Best Days of Your Life” but eventually added them on to my favorites playlist, I say with caution that it’s mediocre. I can’t see this one growing one me. Just not enough of a hook. It’s like they got the color and the texture right but forgot to put the sugar in the cotton candy.
This is the fourth single off an album that has extended her career beyond what seemed possible when lead single (and quite excellent) “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” stopped at #21. So even if radio passes, she’ll probably be back with something sticky and sweet by before state fair season comes to an end.
Written by Karyn Rochelle, James T. Slater, and Shane Stevens
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