The Band Perry — “Postcard From Paris”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | March 26th, 2012

thebandperry4_v_eSongwriters: Jeff Cohen, Kara DioGuardi, Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry

Brother-sister-brother trio The Band Perry is so perfectly loveable that it’s easy to forget the group’s biggest hit is a morbid daydream about dying young.

But behind their peppy award acceptance speeches and perfectly coiffed strands is a whole mess of crazy – perhaps  that’s why Kimberly’s hair’s so big, it’s full of secrets? – that consistently churns out radio-friendly fare with a twist. Accordingly, the band’s best moments often emerge from its knack for contrasting an energetic style with stark, raw confessions, even when dressed up in neat, happy packages.

Within The Band Perry’s latest single “Postcard from Paris,” that moment hits at the end of a flowery chorus when lead vocalist Kimberly spits “The meanest thing you ever did was come around,” followed by a heartbroken, matter-of-fact lament of “I am ruined.” It’s a one-two punch that perfectly captures that devastating moment of young love’s betrayal, and somewhere, Taylor Swift is kicking herself for not stringing it together first.

Unlike Kimberly’s solo credit on “If I Die Young” or the band’s go-to collaborators (and fellow family group) The Henningsens, two established pop songwriters had a hand in these lyrics’ power. “Postcard From Paris” was co-written by the band with Jeff Cohen (who also co-wrote pop hit “Crazy For This Girl” for the “Long Road to Love”-less duo Evan and Jaron) and American Idol alum Kara DioGuardi.

That brush with Top Forty royalty is the song’s only hint at pop influence, however:  A long fiddle riff announces a rootsy, country treatment from the start and stays in drive for the rest of the song, allowing strains of steel to weave in and out. Complementing the production is the band’s best use of Reid and Neil’s vocals, tightly tying the three singers and their backing together.

Plucking out five singles from their debut disc since first hitting the airwaves at the end of 2009, The Band Perry has made the most of its slow and steady introduction to country fans and radio. Anyone who hasn’t warmed up to Kimberly’s theatrical twang by this iteration of charming quirkiness won’t find anything new to love here, but “Postcard from Paris” nicely sums up the band’s last two years of consistently off-kilter takes on young love all in one snapshot – with, in this case, the Eiffel Tower looming in the background.

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  1. Keith
    March 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I’m glad that this song got a positive review. I think that The Band Perry is a good example of how modern artists can create relevant music without completely forgoing country roots. This is also one of my favorite songs from them, because it has one of their better lyrics.

  2. Rick
    March 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I think the Band Perry, and Kimberly in particular, are one of the best things to hit big at country radio in years. They sound fresh and their approach and style are unique enough to stand out in that Top 40 sonic sea of the same old, same old. I hope they maintain their high standards and country radio keeps the door wide open. Hopefully this song will keep the ball rolling.

  3. bob
    March 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I like your description of BP’s music as “charming quirkiness”.
    Good song. Good album.

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