DIARY - 8 JANUARY 2008 - BRAD PAISLEY CD REVIEW
PAISLEY 2005 CD REVIEW
TIME WELL WASTED (Arista-Sony-BMG).
PAISLEY - IRONY NOT WASTED
say I got bucked off a bull and hit my head/ and then I got amnesia and
forget the things you said/ I lose my better judgement and I take up smoking
crack/ right then, that's when I'll take you back." I'll Take
You Back - Brad Paisley-Robert Arthur-Tim Owens.
Virginia born singer-songwriter and hotshot guitarist Brad Paisley
is big enough to get away with mixing his dope and booze imagery with
a little irony.
Yes, even on lucrative mainstream U.S. radio there's still wowsers
and puny pressure groups whose inadequacies prompt them to flex their
myopic muscles in censorship.
Not quite as draconian as the fifties, depicted in the BBC documentary
Lost Highway, when Jean Shepard suffered for her reality rooted songs.
Paisley uses his crack smoking line to accentuate rejection of a former
lover - a stark contrast to his romance requiem Flowers and rollicking
entrée The World.
Ah, but it's
on his drinking songs that he skates on irony and mixes messages and metaphors.
On Paisley's previous disc his award-winning duet with Alison Krauss on
Whiskey Lullaby was a stone country tragic weeper.
- first single from fourth album Time Well Wasted (Arista-Sony-BMG)
- topped charts despite being a flippant parody of perils of liquor.
"And since the day I left Milwaukee, Lynchburg and Bordeaux, France/
been making the bars lots of big money and helping white people dance."
It's a deft touch with alcohol - not the victims or vanquished - being
And, with a Jimmy Buffett like mimicry, life has imitated art with fans
flocking to his gigs with lampshades on their heads.
Now this may seem tepid stuff compared to fans of the angst ridden corrals
of rap and rock.
But the best country artists and their songs have a longer shelf life
than disposal pop peers blown out of the saddle by the wanton winds of
who had songs cut by Tracy Byrd, David Ball and David Kersh before
he won a recording deal, wrote 10 of 15 tunes on his new disc.
But not duets with Alan Jackson on Guy Clark-Darrell Scott rarity
Out In The Parkin' Lot and Dolly Parton on When I Get Where
I'm Going and trad gospel tune Uncloudy Day.
"That's a really big part of country music life and history,"
says Paisley, now 32.
"That's pretty much a constant. You never go to the Opry and
don't hear gospel before the night is over. This is one way of keeping
my foot in the tradition."
singer tempers his flippancy with melancholia in Waitin' On A
Woman where the narrator's wait began in 1952 but won't end
until they both reach the other side.
It sits well
with the eternal love in She's Everything, sensual Rainin' You
and Love Is Never Ending and precious paternal paean Time
in self-parody with a sting in the tail of the tale to the femme fatale
in Easy Money - definitely not the Todd Snider song of the same
name - and You Need a Man Around Here.
He struts his staccato guitar picking in Time Warp but risks street
cred in bonus track Cornography with George Jones, Bill Anderson,
Little Jimmy Dickens, Dolly and James Burton.
Paisley credits his road band on the disc but not actress spouse Kimberly
- from Jim Belushi TV show According to Jim - with a guitar cameo on Waitin'
On A Woman.
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