October 2, 2012
Pleasant enough, but it just feels a bit too safe.
Of course, it’s easy to understand why that might be. Country radio has never been a haven for female artists, and the odds are even less in your favor when you’re 45 years old, and haven’t had a Top 10 hit in six years.
That said, Hill’s invested performance goes a long way toward bringing the song to life, and the melody of the chorus has an infectious laid-back charm about it. The production is thick, though flourishes of mandolin and banjo help offset the polish to some extent. Unfortunately, the lyrics offer relatively little to get excited about. There’s not much of a lyrical hook to be found. The verses are built too much on hollow declarations, while the similes and metaphors in the chorus seem vague and thrown-together.
“American Heart” is easy enough on the ears, but it’s hard to like a song when you get the feeling the song is trying too hard to make you like it. I still want that new Faith Hill album to see the light of day, but I hope she can get a hold of stronger lyrical material to match those strong, distinctive pipes of hers.