“Like I Love Country Music”
Written by Kane Brown, Matt McGinn, Taylor Phillips, and Jordan Schmidt
I love everything about this record.
The influence of nineties country on Kane Brown’s sound has always been explicitly identifiable, and the fact that he was so young during that era brings a wide-eyed innocence to his nostalgia for that time.
You can feel the absolute joy Brown felt as a young child when he discovered Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn. I thought every way to say “I love you” had already been said, until he compared his partner to Brand New Man: “Top to bottom, you’re perfect like Brooks & Dunn’s debut album.” Ronnie Dunn’s guest vocal on that verse makes it even more potent.
Also all over this record is the influence of Shania Twain. Brown has mentioned before how he grew up surrounded by women, and that one of his earliest favorite songs to sing along with was “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” The guitar riff here is a cool homage to the classic hook of that nineties staple.
See, the coolest thing to me about Kane Brown’s music is that he blends the sounds of early nineties traditionalists like Jackson and Dunn with the sophisticated pop-country of Twain, while also bringing in elements of contemporary pop, R&B, and hip-hop. He’s a country artist that honors the genre while also transcending it, and he does it with authenticity and sincerity.
Give this man Entertainer of the Year already.