“Heartache On the Dance Floor”
Written by Bart Butler, Brice Long, and Jon Pardi
“Heartaches On the Dance Floor” is juvenile, but that’s not really the problem. There’s nothing wrong with a young guy having the perspective of a young guy. The song itself is cute enough, and Pardi continues to show an eye for small details that make his stories come alive.
I can even stomach the slick arrangement and slightly too fast delivery, at least in the verses, where they don’t mess with Pardi’s vocal too much.
But I absolutely loathe the echo in the chorus, an unnecessary call back that adds nothing but muddled distraction to a decently constructed hook. I’m increasingly baffled by the trend of masking quite good singers with vocal filters and other production tricks. Pardi sounds like the Florida Georgia Line singer at times, and that’s such a waste. He has so much charm and personality in his pure country voice.
All you have to do is listen to the live version of this song embedded below to see how Pardi’s talent is being watered down. Even the callback works better with real live singers.
Heck, Jon Pardi could sing an album a cappella and I would listen to it. Instead, we get a record that sounds like those tacky late nineties pop remixes of country songs that were made for crossover attempts at Top 40. Enough already.