Pat Green – “Let Me”
Songwriters: Marc Beeson and Danny Orton
Ardent supports of the Texas music scene come across as nothing more than biased fanboys to some when they bemoan Pat Green’s Nashville transition, but material like “Let Me” makes me sympathetic to their plight. I’m only a casual fan of Green, but he has released some excellent material in his time–most of it doing things his own way. As with most things, the truth probably lies somewhere between the extremes and while Green certainly maintains some control over his career, he didn’t make the move to Nashville seeking artistic freedom.
The best way I know how to explain the difference between Texas Pat and Nashville Pat is that Texas Pat owned the material he released, songs like “Wave on Wave” and “Three Days” and even songs from his most recent album, Cannonball, could be considered to be uniquely his. He injected his persona into the music, his free spirit and rocking vibe, and his voice directed the songs and told them where to go and that vibe rubbed off on his early supporters, endearing them to him for the things he seemingly stood for.
With “Let Me,” the song itself owns Pat Green and he gets lost somewhere in the melody. Ultimately, it feels like he’s being dragged to the end where the loud arrangement drowns him out. This is a case of a producer not realizing what works for an artist and applying his little bag of tricks to attempt to garner radio success rather than pushing both their boundaries to create something worthwhile.
It’s true that this song doesn’t spell the end of worthwhile music from Pat Green, but it’s a gradual step on the path that leads away from what he used to be, and it’s the beginning of what his original fans dread. I hope Green receives all the success he’s looking for and somewhere along the way, I hope he can figure out how to do it his way, but until then, Texas will be his Rosebud.
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