“Baby Be My Love Song”
Written by Jim Collins and Brett James
Easton Corbin was a refreshing arrival at country radio when he first hit airwaves a half-decade ago, toeing the line between what was commercially viable and what was interesting with hits that brought some added warmth and personality to familiar radio tropes. He kicked off his career with an “I’m so country” song and a summer song that were both listenable and likable, even utilizing enough audible fiddle and steel for him to be tagged as a “traditionalist.” Since then he’s scored a string of radio hits with material that has been enjoyable, but not especially challenging or compelling. Is the best yet to come?
“Baby Be My Love Song” is the second single from Corbin’s upcoming third album It’s About to Get Real, and sadly, neither it nor its predecessor “Clockwork” inspire much hope that that album will deliver on its title’s promise. “Baby Be My Love Song” is exactly what its title leads one to expect – a typical, interchangeable country love song that serves little purpose except to hold an artist’s slot on the radio, and then be forgotten after the end of its chart run.
It’s unfortunately telling that the song includes the line “It don’t have to make sense and it don’t have to rhyme.” It rhymes all right, but it makes little actual sense, with its chorus of “Baby, be my love song, baby, be my all night long, be the buzz in my Dixie cup, steady rocking ‘til the sun comes up” likely to inspire little more than an eye roll from the discerning listener.
Carson Chamberlain’s typically-solid production here largely eschews the country genre signifiers that were once Corbin’s calling card at radio, save for an occasional steel guitar fill. While more listenable than the typical 2014 country radio hit, the arrangement and performance remain uninspiring overall, failing to elevate the forgettable lyrics.
“Baby Be My Love Song” may or may not get Corbin back into heavy radio rotation after the underwhelming performance of “Clockwork”, but it remains disheartening to see Corbin’s music heading on a downward slope with the potential he’s shown. For him to lose the qualities that made him stand out in the first place, or to fall off of our radar altogether, would be a shame indeed.