Post by castleoblivion26 on Apr 17, 2022 22:34:05 GMT -5
Did not expect to see "You Make It Look So Easy" be last but did not expect it to do much so not shocked its out early. I thought "Leave My Willie Alone" was locked for last. I love this entire album and I think this is my favorite album from him but these two are definitely on the weaker end of the album
Post by recordyear on Apr 17, 2022 22:49:41 GMT -5
Beating the last place by two points is a bonus track Leave My Willie Alone. This song is based on a true story that his ex stole three Willie Nelson records from him, and then never answered his phone. After that he stalked her to get the records back and was arrested. Probably also has a Tiktok hit level innuendo in verses I guess.
Again not a particularly bad song, but the melody is more faceless and not everyone likes the innuendo.
Post by recordyear on Apr 17, 2022 22:59:04 GMT -5
Faster Than My Angels Can Fly accounts for Eric's rowdy life and how his guardian angels strive to (but often failed to) save him.
I feel the main riff is slightly flat and repetitive, but I like the augmentation of "born to run" in the bridge. It's quite fun to sing this part, and a good homage to Bruce Springsteen before a particular song.
No surprises in the bottom four songs as I ranked all of them as such, albeit just in a slightly different order. While I do have to give some points of credit to Eric for the originality of "Leave My Willie Alone", it still falls very near to the bottom of the album for me as it isn't something I have a desire to wanna revisit.
And just as I was typing out the above post we lose "Young and Wild" which was a top 5 for myself. More than not, I always enjoy songs that look back in retrospect and this is no different. I figured I would more or less be in the minority with my ranking, so I'm not too surprised by those that placed it lower on their list.
Post by recordyear on Apr 17, 2022 23:28:56 GMT -5
Top 11 Ain't Killed Me Yet Lotta Boot Left to Fill Where She Told Me to Go Love Your Love the Most Smoke a Little Smoke Without You Here Carolina Hell On the Heart Those I've Loved His Kind Of Money (My Kind Of Love) My Heart's Got A Memory
Post by recordyear on Apr 19, 2022 10:41:48 GMT -5
Eric takes a shot at the current mainstream country music in Lotta Boot Left To Fill. He nitpicked the tough-looking pretty boys, boy bands from pop culture and soulless music from Jason Aldean while quoting the legends Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
I think the criticisms are mostly valid, but it is a bit hypocritical as he did collaborate with Aldean later, and is a tough-looking pretty boy judging from some of his lyrical themes and this album cover. The outro is a self-depreciating moment but I can see why some people find it condescending. I also liked the stronger energy in this.
Post by recordyear on Apr 19, 2022 10:50:49 GMT -5
The third bonus song in this rankdown is gone now. My Heart's Got A Memory is basically a guy who cannot control his heart to forget his ex-girlfriend.
The flow from electric guitar to mandolin sounds smooth, but some of his vocal performances (especially verse 3) feels "quirky" for the lack of a better term, and I don't really like the contempt of overdose in the line "If one little pill could set me free/Honey I'd O.D., yeah I'd O.D."
Post by recordyear on Apr 19, 2022 11:01:23 GMT -5
Can't believe the sellout single is almost top half here. Should have been much lower imo.
I mean Love Your Love The Most is basically buzzwords put together. In today's climate maybe full of quotable lines ("Any song sung by George Strait is country at it's best" probably will be the most quoted one), but it's definitely bad songwriting. What's more, I find this having the same key with Those I've Loved makes this sound cheaper than it already was. Still haven't tried mustard on fries though
Post by castleoblivion26 on Apr 19, 2022 19:12:51 GMT -5
I feared seeing "Love Your Love The Most" make the Top 5 just for being a single but it is one of his weakest from this point in his career. I remember being disappointed in this song at the time of release and while I don't hate the song it doesn't hold a candle to most of the songs on this record. Now if "Hell On The Heart" could leave before the top 5...
Post by recordyear on Apr 20, 2022 10:30:54 GMT -5
The first song to leave today is the album opener. On the surface it's a typical "man haunted by memories of his ex" song that is rather prominent in this album, but I like the use of "yet" painted the matter more negatively as something inevitable, even though the first part tried to put things more positively (that he is not scared).
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