Time To Move On

Unexpected new opportunities arise. I’ve decided to pursue them. Therefore effective immediately Country Perspective is going on indefinite hiatus. It will return if/when necessary. All comments will be closed. I appreciate you reading and thank you for your support. In the words of Truman Burbank: Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight.

Josh

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Throwback Community Review – Brad Paisley’s “We Danced”

Welcome to Country Perspective’s newest weekly feature, Throwback Community Review! Many of you enjoyed a previous similar feature The Past Pulse of Mainstream Country Music and it was one of the main inspirations behind this feature. It’s quite simple: each week there will at least one of these. I will present some information about the song and of course a video to listen to it. You will then take to the comments delivering your thoughts and a grade, on a scale from 1-10. Your grades will be averaged to get the community grade for the song. The comments will be open for a few days before I close them to tabulate the average. Songs from any era of country music could go show up here and I’m open to suggestions for future featuring in this space.

Last Week’s Community Grade: Chris Young – “Aw Naw”2.4

This week we take a look at…

Artist: Brad Paisley

Song: “We Danced”

Released: June 26, 2000

Written by: Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois

Producer: Frank Rogers

Background: This was the fourth and last single from Brad Paisley’s debut album Who Needs Pictures. This song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart after debuting at #58 on July 1. This was Paisley’s second #1 hit. It peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

See you in the comments with my own thoughts and grade!

 

Community Grade: 

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio [March 6]

Each week we take a look the Billboard Country Airplay chart and grade the top 30 songs. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive one of the following scores: +5, +4, +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. How do I determine the score for the song? The review grade it received on the site or myself will determine this. If it hasn’t been reviewed yet, then I will make the call. The grade it has received or I would give it determines its Pulse score. The grading key: 10 [+5], 9 [+4], 8 [+3], 7 [+2], 6 [+1], 5 [0], 4 [-1], 3 [-2], 2 [-3], 1 [-4], 0 [-5].

The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the current state of mainstream country music and determine if it’s improving or getting worse. Let’s take a look at this week’s top thirty…

  1. Chris Young (feat. Vince Gill) – “Sober Saturday Night” +1 (Up 1)
  2. Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots” +1 (Up 3)
  3. Michael Ray – “Douchey Pickup Song” -5 
  4. Brad Paisley – “Today” +2 
  5. Little Big Town – “Better Man” +2 (Down 4)
  6. Luke Bryan – “Fast” -1 (Up 1)
  7. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” -2 (Up 2)
  8. Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – “Kill A Word” +4 [Best Song]
  9. Jason Aldean – “Any Ol’ Barstool” (Up 1)
  10. Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” -1 (Down 4) 
  11. Kelsea Ballerini – “Yeah Boy” -5 
  12. Brantley Gilbert – “The Weekend” -5 
  13. Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl”
  14. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road” -5 (Up 1) [Worst Song]
  15. Kenny Chesney – “Bar at the End of the World” -3 (Down 1)
  16. Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”
  17. High Valley – “Make You Mine” -2 (Up 1)
  18. Dierks Bentley – “Black” -2 (Down 1)
  19. Luke Combs – “Hurricane” -1
  20. Dan + Shay – “How Not To” +1 (Up 2)
  21. Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” +4 (Down 1)
  22. Trent Harmon – “There’s A Girl” +1 (Down 1)
  23. Darius Rucker – “If I Told You” 
  24. Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good” -4 (Up 2)
  25. Rascal Flatts – “Yours If You Want It” -2 (Down 1)
  26. Craig Campbell – “Outskirts of Heaven” +3 (Down 1)
  27. Keith Urban (feat. Carrie Underwood) – “The Fighter” -5 (Up 1)
  28. Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know” -2 (Re-Enters Top 30)
  29. Zac Brown Band – “My Old Man” +4 (Up 1)
  30. Miranda Lambert – “We Should Be Friends” +2 (Down 3)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio: -24

The pulse drops five spots this week.

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Runaway June – “Lipstick” +3

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots” – Up 3 from #5 to #2
  • Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know” – Up 3 from #31 to #28

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Runaway June – “Lipstick” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man” – Down 4 from #1 to #5
  • Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” – Down 4 from #6 to #10

Songs I See Going Recurrent & Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” (Radio and Blake just can’t bear the thought of one week in the top 30 without a single from him, so chart jacking!)
  • Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – “Kill A Word” (This one appears to be out of gas now. We’ll see if EMI fights to keep it alive)
  • Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” (The Fritos song finally appears done. No one will remember it)
  • Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her”
  • High Valley – “Make You Mine” (54 weeks. I bet it’ll reach the top 10 in another 25 weeks)
  • Trent Harmon – “There’s A Girl”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Craig Campbell – “Outskirts of Heaven”
  • Miranda Lambert – “We Should Be Friends” (You can start panicking and worrying, Miranda fans. I’m being generous putting it here and not above because this is surrounded by radio darlings. Not good.)

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Florida Georgia Line (feat. Backstreet Boys) – “God, Your Mama, and Me”
  • Cole Swindell – “Flatliner”
  • Blake Shelton – “Every Time I Hear That Song”
  • Brothers Osborne – “It Ain’t My Fault”

 

As always be sure to weigh-in with your thoughts in the comments below. 

Review – Kip Moore’s “More Girls Like You”

You can preach about an artist’s potential all day long. But if they never show it, you start to get sick of hearing about them. That’s pretty much where I’m at with Kip Moore. His fans and supporters really love to talk up how he’s got so much talent and could be Eric Church if he just got one more hit or if his label would just let him do his thing. When will this happen? Because I feel like this is a years long story and nothing is changing when it comes to Kip Moore. His last album Wild Ones wasn’t even country, it was forgettable rock music. The best and most memorable song was on the deluxe edition of the album (“Backseat”). I was hoping that Moore would show all of this potential his fans crow about on his new single “More Girls Like You.” He doesn’t. Instead this sounds like a leftover from Wild Ones. It’s not country, it’s once again generic rock music. The lyrics are run-of-the-mill, as it’s a love song you’ve heard so many times already on country radio the last few years. Moore sings about wanting more girls like the one he’s fallen for and I’m immediately bored with this song. Moore tries to make this song sound more meaningful in his explanation before the lyric video starts as you below, but it’s simply not. This sounds like the kind of safe choice his label wants and I’m sure radio will blindly put into the top 20 at the very least (maybe even better with how soft the bottom half of the top 60 on the chart is right now). I can tell you if this song is any indication of the dominant sound on his next album I won’t be reviewing it. “More Girls Like You” is more uninspiring, lackluster fodder for country radio.

Grade: 3/10

 

Recommend? – Nope

Written by Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, David Garcia and Josh Miller

Album Review – Shinyribs’ ‘I Got Your Medicine’

Standing out above the crowd. It’s something I constantly stress about new and upcoming acts. The best way to get your music noticed and be remembered is to be different. Of course you should also be yourself. Shinyribs is a group that embodies both of these things. They are not a new group, but I had honestly not been aware of them. It was buzz that made me go check this group out and reading about them immediately intrigued me. The group is led by veteran musician Kevin Russell, who started the group in 2007. He self-describes the band’s sound as “country soul” and “swamp funk.” The band is known for its fun shows, where Russell frequently dances on stage and even features conga lines through the crowd. Certainly not a common aspect of a country show, but this made me immediately want to dig into Shinyribs’ new album I Got Your Medicine. And I’m sorry I didn’t find this group sooner because they are fantastic. They’re a boatload of fun (fun is a word you’ll see a lot through this review).

The album’s title track is a jovial, organ-driven track with a good dose of horns too. The instrumentation is instantly fun and catchy, a precursor to the rest of the album. “Don’t Leave It a Lie” really shows off Russell’s big, soulful voice, as well as the rich instrumentation once again. The throwback “I Gave Up All I Had” features one of the more serious moments of the album. It’s about a man whose hard luck when it comes to love comes to an end when he falls in love with a woman. This is thanks to him earning the love and respect of her four children and treating them as his own. It’s a real feel good song. The twangy “Trouble, Trouble” is an instant toe-tapper and will get you moving your feet along on the very first listen. I can imagine there’s a lot of dancing for this one at Shinyribs’ shows, but then again what song can’t you dance to on this album? You know you’re in for something fun with a song title like “Tub Gut Stomp & Red-Eyed Soul.” The piano play, guitars and the horns go together perfectly to create a real infectious sound. “I Knew It All Along” is a soulful love waltz that’s a great breather after some real energetic dance tracks.

One of my favorites on I Got Your Medicine is definitely “A Certain Girl.” It recalls a sound from the height of rock and roll in the 60s, as it’s your classic kiss and don’t tell song. An underrated aspect that makes this song so great are the drums, as real and live drums are so satisfying to hear after listening to the drum machine parade on mainstream radio. Shinyribs nail another waltz in “Nothing Takes the Place of You,” a song about a man realizing he can never replace the love he’s lost. The horn play on this is flat-out awesome and it’s just an all-around great song. “Hands On Your Hips” is probably the most fun breakup/cheating song I’ve heard. It’s about a man seeing his woman’s lips on another man’s foot and his hands on her hips. I have to say this is the first country song I’ve heard about foot sucking, but it’s oddly great. There is many fun moments on this album, but the most fun has to be “I Don’t Give a Shit.” It’s a love duet where both sides don’t give a shit about the other, as they say they’re a match made in hell. But deep down they belong together. It’s just so enjoyable and you’ll find yourself instantly singing along to it. Think of it as a modern, more light-hearted version of “You’re The Reason Our Kids are Ugly.”

“Ambulance” is another song where Shinyribs takes a usually grimmer subject and makes it enjoyable. It’s about a man waking up in an ambulance and wondering how the hell he got in it. Never has riding in an ambulance been so catchy. The album closes with another instant feel good song, “The Cross Is Boss.” It’s probably the most enjoyable spiritual/religious song I’ve heard in a while, as Russell sings of Jesus paying the ultimate cost and preaching happy thoughts. Instead of being preachy or falling into cliché territory, the song simply gives thanks and focuses on being positive, which is what I wish more of these songs did. I give Shinyribs a lot of credit for making a spiritual song not only enjoyable, but also appropriately uplifting.

Shinyribs’ I Got Your Medicine is one of those albums that just makes me happy. It’s really what music is all about: making you feel something. I wish there were more groups like Shinyribs who followed their vision and executed it with such tactfulness and honesty. Shinyribs doesn’t play by the “rules” of genres and fit into people’s contrived boxes. Instead they just create what they want and those who want to join the party are welcome to come along. The instrumentation and musicality of this band rank amongst the best. Shine on Shinyribs and never stop being you.

Grade: 9/10

 

Recommend? – Definitely!

Album Highlights: I Don’t Give a Shit, A Certain Girl, Tub Gut Stomp & Red-Eyed Soul, The Cross Is Boss, I Gave Up All I Had, Nothing Takes the Place of You

Bad Songs: None

Wallpaper: None