“Pray For You”
The Swon Brothers
Written by Jessi Alexander, Tommy Lee James, and Eric Paslay
If you thought the only thing missing from today’s warmed-over, wannabe rock but we’re calling it country was mixing it with the worst of the genre’s previous obsession with suburban tales of faith and inspiration, I present to you…The Swon Brothers. “Pray For You” manages to evoke the worst sonic habits of today’s country music trends while also borrowing liberally from the Hallmark Hallelujah phase the genre went through at the turn of the century.
More power to anyone who gets something meaningful out of this, but all I hear is a couple of kids who sound like they have no life experience of their own promising to do the very bare minimum to help somebody out of a dark place in their life. It’s spirituality by satellite, dedication from long distance, and for me, the very antithesis of what it’s supposed to mean to help another person.
They won’t get their hands dirty, but they sure will put them together and have a little talk with Jesus about you. It’s so utterly lacking in humanity that it feels like the prayer is all about making the person doing the praying feel better about themselves. The person in need is just an accessory to their own cul-de-sac spin on salvation.