Written by busbee and Maren Morris
I’ve never been a country music purist. Much of the music I’ve enjoyed the most in my quarter century of listening to the genre has borrowed liberally from pop, rock, and soul. Just about all of my favorite artists have struck a balance between traditional and crossover elements, even if they’re primarily identified as being one or the other.
But the latest Maren Morris single is completely untethered from country music. There isn’t a single element that remotely resembles anything associated with country music. “80s Mercedes” is the unholy love child of Lana Del Rey’s “American” and Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”
It lacks the substance of Del Rey’s record and the personality of Black’s. It’s an entirely superficial exercise in nostalgia through pop culture references, and it is completely sterile and lifeless.
“80s Mercedes” represents a hijacking of country music, and with a record this bad, it’s a suicide mission.