Trace Adkins featuring Colbie Caillat — “Watch the World End”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | May 29th, 2013

traceadkinsSongwriters: Brett Eldredge and Jeremy Spillman

Trace Adkins’ first single from his new album Love Will… poses an interesting question: if the world were ending, how would you spend those final hours?

A nice change, for sure, from the usual “if there was a fire, what would you save?” conversation starter, and from country radio’s recent glut of mindless odes to dirt roads and chewing tobacco. (The only question those songs raise: “When will it stop?”)

Prodded by a gentle piano intro, “Watch the World End” examines this question thoughtfully, pulling a grand gesture of a love song out of Adkins’ trademark grit. The gorgeous chorus, aided by a surprisingly subtle guest appearance from pop songstress Colbie Caillat, constructs a confident character who is right with God, past his partying prime, and richly in love — all in one fell swoop of a chorus:

I don’t think I’d spend my last hours at an altar
Or somewhere making toasts to good old days
The more I think about it, all I’d really wanna do
Is watch the world end with you 

 

It’s powerful in the way it meanders to its conclusion, making no outrageous proclamations of love outside of its imagined scenario. Even when the verses get treacly (as Adkins sings “I’d lay down in a field by your side/And watch every star falling out of the sky,” it’s hard not to worry about all the fire and brimstone most likely flying about) and the requisite power ballad strings get a little out of control, the song’s casual but weighty love letter holds its heft.

On “Watch the World End,” Adkins chooses wisely – not just to spend his last few hours in love, but to pit his classic country sound against Caillat’s delicate harmonies and pair them both with a thought-provoking song.

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  1. Bruce
    May 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

    A nice offering from Adkins. Tastefully done and Colbies’ addition is just the right touch. Good luck with radio airplay however.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    May 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    “Good luck with radio airplay however.”

    The airplay Trace seems to be aiming for here is pop.

  3. Bruce
    May 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Maybe so. Many love songs probably lend themselves to more pop grooves. Still not a bad offering and a nice departure from butts, booze, and bras that we are inundated with today on many songs.

  4. Matt
    May 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Clearly, LuckyOldSun, you have not listened to Pop Radio. This has no chance pop plays this. Maybe straight up AC but not pop.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    May 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Matt,
    You are correct. I realized that I probably should have said A.C.

    Seems that Adkins is trying to use his “Celebrity Apprentice” fame as a springboard into the mainstream. Can’t say I blame him. I don’t think he’s all that much of a singer, and this song sounds hokey, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have a big audience.

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