October 28, 2011
Terri Clark’s new release “The One” retains many of the familiar features that have made Clark’s music so enjoyable. It has a pleasant restrained production arrangement, and a nuanced, sincere vocal performance, along with an interesting lyrical scenario with some clever turns of phrase.
What it’s missing is a good hook. The unoriginal hook of “I don’t need a love I can live with/ I want the one I can’t live without” bears a strong resemblance to songs like Clint Black’s “The One She Can’t Live Without,” and that feels like a notable artistic liability, mirrored by the song’s ho-hum two-syllable title. As mentioned before, there’s still some musical goodness to be heard on this track, but the lack of a great hook leaves a bit of a hole in the song, so to speak. Thus, a potentially interesting song ends up feeling somewhat vanilla.
It still sounds pretty good, but like the first two singles released from the album, it’s just not great. As a whole, Roots and Wings is a better album than the three singles would lead one to think. How long until the great songs get released instead of just the “pretty good”?
Written by Tom Shapiro and Jim Collins
Listen: The One