Single Review: Kane Brown, “Worship You”

“Worship You”

Kane Brown

Written by Kane Brown, Alexander Izquierdo, Matt McGinn, and Ryan Vojtesak

Kane Brown flirts with blasphemy but doesn’t quite cross over to it on “Worship You,” a record that comes closer to equating religious and romantic ecstasy than anything I can remember since Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.”  Maybe it’s because he’s such a God-fearing Christian man, but he keeps things closer to Sunday morning than Saturday night on this heartwarming ballad.

“If you were a religion then, damn” could’ve come off a little sleazy, but Brown is clearly being driven by love here and not lust.  His vocal is restrained throughout, and there’s a gorgeous violin throughout that can almost pass as a fiddle.

I normally don’t argue for more production, but it is a little anticlimactic.  I was expecting the record to build to a gospel-like conclusion, but it all stays in the same groove.  Still, it’s a heartfelt song that showcases genuine emotion, and it’s nice to hear a woman be elevated and centered instead of sidelined.

Grade: B+

7 Comments

  1. Fairly standard over the top boyfriend country. Definitely better then the EDM pop he’s been putting out recently.
    The change to boyfriend country was a refreshing change but it is now so over saturated that I find it inauthentic.
    Pedestal raising worship of women is still better than overt objectifying so I’ll call this trend a win.
    The production was quite nice on the track. It let his voice do some of the heavy lifting.

  2. Good song. I’ll have to check out more of his music. At this point, all I have is his duet with John Legend, Last Time I Say Sorry, which I like a lot.

  3. I haven’t been a Kane Brown fan from what else I’ve heard from him, but to me, this is one of his best songs, so far. Not a fan of the use of the drum machine (that’s probably the grizzly old traditionalist in me talking again), but I do really like the melody and the lyrics, plus the laid back acoustic arrangement and the fiddle parts.

  4. Yeah, this song is not bad at all for a modern mainstream country single, but I’d like it a LOT better without the drum machine. I’ve always associated that sound with pop/R&B/hip hop, and it’s still jarring at times for me to hear it in country songs.

  5. I can never get past an overt drum machine, no matter how good the song might otherwise be. I don’t even like it in non-country songs, but I especially dislike it in country songs.

  6. The drum machine and autotune will date records from this time period like synthesizers dated eighties records.

    Always better to stick to live instrumentation to keep your record sounding fresh down the road.

    But I like Kane Brown more than most of his peers, I have to say.

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