July 9, 2012
Here’s how it works:
Let’s list a lot of bad things, then say “that’s why I pray” after every three or four of them are rattled off. Do A, then B. Repeat until you’ve got a four minute song. Leave space for a musical bridge to nowhere.
It doesn’t work. Their plodding harmonies and the lifeless production make their list of concerns sound more like talking points than a prayer list. It’s disappointing, especially since they’ve used religious imagery so potently in the past, specifically on tracks from their debut album like “Holy Water” and “Live This Life.”
Then again, that was before Big & Rich became BIG & RICH! The talent is still in there somewhere, but they’ve either run out of genuine things to say or they’ve completely forgotten how to say them effectively through song.
Written by Sarah Buxton, Blair Daly, and Danelle Leverett
Listen: That’s Why I Pray