The Band Perry
Written by Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry
It may be tempting to read a bit too far into the title of The Band Perry’s latest single “Comeback Kid” after the poor chart performance of “Live Forever” followed by their departure from Republic Nashville and near disappearance from the awards show circuit. If nothing else, the trio’s Mercury Nashville debut “Comeback Kid” dials back the bombast of the trio’s previous single, but still shows no sign of recapturing the spark of their early releases.
“Comeback Kid” is a thoroughly uninspired, forced-out composition. It recycles a trite phrase for its title hook and fills out the better part of the lyric sheet with clichés right from opening line, “They like to kick you when you’re down/ They like it better when you’re down on the ground.” There’s no real insight into the nature of the adversities that the narrator has to overcome, and the narrator is too flat a character for us to identify with her.
I remember loving The Band Perry’s sound, full of unapologetic fiddle and mandolin, when they released their first album six years ago. I remember thinking that they could be one of the coolest acts on country radio if they just fine-tuned their lyrics. Now that sound seems to be history and the lyrics are worse than they’ve ever been. Instead of inching closer to their potential, they’ve lost the traits that made them stand out in the first place. That makes me sad.