Single Reviews: February 12, 2005

The new Tim McGraw single soars above and beyond everything else that’s new at radio. Here’s a rundown:

TIM McGRAW “Drugs Or Jesus” (Curb)
The third and best single yet from his latest CD, Live Like You Were Dying. American Idol has got it backwards; it’s the song sense, not the voice, that makes the artist. This is one of his greatest performances ever.

BIG & RICH “Big Time” (Warner Bros.)
These boys revel in paying their dues. Their lack of cynicism is refreshing.

BRAD PAISLEY “Mud On The Tires” (Arista)

This has been done before, and much better, by K.T. Oslin with “Hey Bobby.” I don’t care how many awards they give this guy; I think he’s a hack.

GRETCHEN WILSON “Homewrecker” (Sony)
I never really cared for this one. It sounds more like a rip-off of than a homage to Loretta Lynn. Hopefully with the fifth single, they’ll get around to “When It Rains” or “Chariot.” Hey, did she really release 4 singles in a year? What is this, 1995?

TOBY KEITH “Honky Tonk U” (DreamWorks)
This is why you don’t win Grammys, buddy.

MIRANDA LAMBERT “Me And Charlie Talking” (Epic)

Something about firebugs. Meh.

SHeDAISY “Don’t Worry About A Thing” (Lyric Street)
Finally, a country song that is intentionally funny. Somewhere, Roger Miller is smiling.

TIFT MERRITT “Good Hearted Man” (Lost Highway/DreamWorks)
This ranks with the best of Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow. She’s one to watch.

BLAINE LARSEN “How Do You Get That Lonely” (BNA)
This fresh out of high school twanger wonders how anybody could ever feel so low that they want to commit suicide. Perhaps they had to listen to his album?

AMY DALLEY “I Would Cry” (Curb)
Another strong song from Dalley. If she was on another label, she’d be hitting big.

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