Your Take: Progressive Chords
Tuesday on the blog, Stephen review Tim McGraw’s new single “Felt Good on My Lips.” In the opening paragraph, Stephen compared McGraw’s recent bout of ill-advised single choices to a certain baseball team:
Over the last few years, Tim McGraw has become the New York Yankees of country music: well paid and certainly talented, but poorly managed and underperforming. His latest single, “Felt Good on My Lips,” from the upcoming Number One Hits, continues his streak of strong performances but lost games. It’s actually not just one song but at least two, grafted together awkwardly and abruptly. One is specific and engaging—a lead-off base hit. But the other song is utilitarian and bafflingly ill-considered—a wild pitch on an intentional walk.
Several commenters lamented the trajectory of McGraw’s music, including Noeller:
I just can’t stand this song, musically as opposed to lyrically. The music is just so far away from Country and so deep into AC territory, that I can’t even be bothered to get into the lyrics. It’s basically distracting in every way shape and form.
The last REALLY good song I remember Tim releasing was “I Need You” with Faith, and that was some years ago.
Those comments reflected reactions to Brody’s late-September News Roundup that first introduced readers to the tune.
Angry All the Time, Live Like You Were Dying, If You’re Reading This, My Best Friend, My Little Girl, Just to See You Smile, Where The Green Grass Grows, Like We Never Loved At All, The Cowboy In Me, Please Remember Me, Red Ragtop, She’s My Kind of Rain, Everywhere…
Those were all interesting-to-great songs, and most still get recurrent play. His recent singles have been like they’re from an entirely different artist.
Wow, that Tim McGraw song is indescribably bad. He used to be so good at selecting songs, but man.. that’s even worse than Last Dollar (Fly Away).
Give us your take: Which country artists have gotten better as their careers progressed, and which have gotten worse? What were the factors that led to these changes in their careers – song selection, songwriting, changing industry trends, or something else?
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