Written by Corey Crowder, Jesse Frasure, and Nicolle Galyon
One thing that I’m not even going to bother with is the controversy surrounding this song.
Rich country stars pretending to be working class guys has been a part of the genre since the dawn of the recording industry, and it’s nothing noteworthy. It’s been done better (John Anderson’s “Money in the Bank”) and worse (Alan Jackson’s “I Still Like Bologna”), but it’s not newsworthy.
Shelton’s version doesn’t strike the same balance of humor and sincerity that Anderson’s record does, but it’s still a well-crafted song that he sings well. The minimum wage metaphor is the weakest part of the chorus, with the other details being better examples of what the songwriters were going for, like the one-bedroom apartment and the six-pack on the living room carpet. Clear, concise, and easy to visualize, without needing to rely on federal and state labor laws to make the point. I would also edit out the chanting of “Your love is money.” It’s not a smart enough line to repeat ad nauseum.
What holds the record back is common to most country records today, so get used to me saying it as I wade back into reviewing radio records. It’s too loud. These records are being made as if they’re supposed to play in an arena instead of on the radio. Strip it down for the studio, fellas, and amp it up for your live show. Shelton is one of the better vocalists of his generation, and there’s no need to drown him out.