“How I’ll Always Be”
Written by Chris Janson, Jamie Paulin, Jeremy Stover
Tim McGraw revisits the sound of his Everywhere-era hits, if not their substance.
“How I’ll Always Be” floats along dreamily like the best McGraw records of yore, and he even sings in that higher register we’ve barely heard this century. The song itself wouldn’t have done much better than album filler back then, even when he was pulling six hits easy off of a studio set.
He’s just done too many songs that better express his personal philosophy and core values than this lazily assembled list. It sounds better than most of what’s on the radio right now, but that’s an awfully low bar for an artist of his caliber to clear, isn’t it?