Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
You can go ahead and shoot me if you want to, but I actually kind of like this one.
For once, I don’t mind that the Flatts are overdramatizing things the way they always do (nor the fact that there’s absolutely nothing country-sounding about it), since it seems to be more or less in character with the song. The lyrics are simple, but effective at telling the story of two ex-lovers who are in denial of the strong feelings they still harbor for one another. Nathasha Bedingfield’s presence turns out to be a worthwhile addition to the song, giving the story an extra layer. We find out that, as this brokenhearted man is trying desperately to conceal his true feelings from his former flame, she is likewise trying to conceal similar feelings from him. The British Adult Contemporary star has a unique voice, and she adds a special touch to the song that makes it more interesting.
As the song nears its end, things really do get over-the-top, right down to the signature overdramatic guitar solo (After all, this is still a Rascal Flatts song). But it mercifully doesn’t approach the sheer self-indulgent mediocrity of past artistic flops like “Here Comes Goodbye.”
A little restraint could have improved it. But overall I like this Rascal Flatts power ballad about as much as I could possibly like a Rascal Flatts power ballad. Anyway… into the guilty pleasure playlist it goes.
Written by Katrina Elam and Mike Mobley