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