December 22, 2012
Strait previews his upcoming 28th studio album with a mellow contemporary country love song that suggests what “I Gotta Get to You” might have been without the lively melody and charming fiddle hook. From “July moonlight shines/ Your pretty little head on my shoulder” to the juvenile couplet of “Baby, fall into my kiss/ It should just happen like this,” the lyrics are thoroughly vanilla, leaning on stock imagery that’s neither interesting nor original.
The melody is so weak, particularly during the awkward-sounding chorus, that any vocalist trying to sell this song would clearly have his work cut out for him. While George Strait’s strenghts as a vocalist have been well documented over the past thirty years, this song is a poor fit for his voice, leaving him sounding bland instead of highlighting his unique vocal gifts. Tacky echo effects mar an otherwise solid production job, but overall the record is like water – completely flavorless.
With a lyric and melody that fail to rise above mediocrity, there’s no way for the song to achieve any connection deeper than surface level. I wanted to like it, but “Give It All We Got Tonight”
is plain boring – an underwhelming disappointment of an entry from an artist who has already secured a place as one of the genre’s all-time greats.
Written by Tim James, Phil O’Donnell and Mark Bright
Listen: Give It All We Got Tonight