January 22, 2011
The bulk of our work at Country Universe this month has been catching up on singles currently at radio. Collectively, they’ve been abysmal, with review grades rarely reaching a B, let alone an A.
How can we turn this around? Here are five songs that I’d love to see sent to radio tomorrow. Share your own in the comments!
Zac Brown Band, “Let it Go”
A dizzying dose of positivity, with a few great musical twists to boot. The Serenity Prayer never sounded so good.
Court Yard Hounds, “Ain’t No Son”
The only truly country song on their album. The only truly great song on their album.
Toby Keith, “In a Couple of Days”
It’s easy to take Keith for granted, so consistent are his vocals and song structures. Usually, its his lyrics that trip him up. It’s his heartbroke ballads, like this gem, that showcase his talent best.
Reba McEntire, “The Day She Got Divorced”
Country singers used to sing about people like this all the time. Flawed anti-heroines like this don’t come along too often anymore.
Carrie Underwood, “Change”
I suspect those with more refined tastes than mine are clamoring for “Someday When I Stop Loving You”, an admittedly beautiful ballad, but this is the track I’m returning to the most from Play On. I think it captures the nagging cynicism that prevents many of us from fully embracing our inner benevolence.