“She Ain’t In It”
Written by Clint Daniels and Wynn Varble
Jon Pardi’s current single is mercifully devoid of the studio tricks and production distractions that have marred otherwise-solid recent single releases. What instead get here is a beautiful, fiddle and steel driven arrangement that would sound right at home on a George Strait album.
And yet, if this particular song were to be found on a George Strait album, I can’t help but suspect that it would have remained a filler cut rather than a radio single. The verses are too wanting in detail to make the story feel real. Pardi sings of not wanting to hear the name or see the face of his former lover, who as it turns out, is left seemingly nameless and faceless, while “that place down by the interstate out past the city limits” sounds like the type of place that could be found in any contemporary country song.
Is it pleasant to listen to? Absolutely.
Is it compelling? Not so much.