I don’t know what’s going on with Mary Chapin Carptenter. She made my favorite album of all-time, Stones in the Road, and it wasn’t particularly upbeat. But the songs were amazingly good. I’m still learning new things from that album a full sixteen years after its release.
With a singer-songwriter cut from the folk cloth, there’s not much left to work with if the song itself isn’t that great. “The Way I Feel” isn’t that great, much like most of what Carpenter’s recorded for her last few albums.
So ultimately, what’s most disappointing about this song is that its mediocrity doesn’t disappoint me. I fully expected it.
Written by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Listen: The Way I Feel