Written by Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, and Brad Paisley
This is the third pre-release single from Brad Paisley’s eleventh studio album, Love and War. This album has taken so long to come out that the first single, “Without a Fight,” didn’t even make the final cut of the album. I can only assume that the label keeps looking for a solid hit to anchor the set.
“Heaven South” is derivative of pretty much every “Hey, isn’t the south great?” song that’s ever been a hit, but it flows along nicely and starts off with fresh country instrumentation. For whatever reason, that instrumentation wasn’t seen as enough, so we get arena rock chants and unnecessary percussion halfway through, which kills the mood and undermines the song’s celebration of simple, small town southern life. If the song would have stuck to the simplicity of the arrangement, it would’ve gotten away with the simplicity of the lyrics.
Paisley is remarkably talented, but he is struggling these days to find something new to say, or at even a fresh way of saying the same old thing again.