A common element that runs through Brad Paisley’s songs is a style of conversational storytelling. To many it seems simple and authentic while others just feel it’s simplistic without real depth. Depending on the song, either opinion is relevant or in some instances, both views are valid within the same song. “Anything Like Me” just may be one such song, but leaning closer to the positive than negative. The song is written in the trademark conversational tone, but the personal sentimentality of the subject matter is strongly present.
When Paisley discovers that he’s going to have a baby boy, he takes the common parental saying of “I hope your children give you the same trouble that you’ve given us” to heart. Using his own youthful temperament and experiences as a barometer, he both looks forward to and dreads being a parent to a boy that might turn out to be so much like him.
The song leaves out the fact that a little girl could present many of the same challenges, but the sweetness of the intended sentiment generally shines through. The strongest part of the single, however, is the understated production that is almost all acoustic with the electric instruments still being gentle and unobtrusive.
Written by Chris DuBois, Brad Paisley, and Dave Turnbull
Listen: Anything Like Me