While the whole “road less traveled” theme isn't exactly a groundbreaking concept, it sure is creeping its way into a lot of songs these days. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Charlie Worsham's “Cut Your Groove” is excellent in my opinion. This song sort of takes that same approach, albeit a tad differently. The narrators are using the truck to describe how being in it and driving it helps them to really find who they are, so in a sense it's also like “I Drive Your Truck” without the death. The production is nice with some mandolin creeping its way back in at the beginning, but I also can't help but feel like both Maggie and Craig are fighting to be heard over the production during the chorus. Moreover, I don't exactly get why it's a duet, and you can barely hear ol' Craig since it doesn't feel like he was mixed loud enough. While I would also say the hook is really cheesy as well, the sentiment of the song is what ultimately makes it work somewhat for me, even if it really could have been better.
Written by: Craig Morgan and Maggie Rose
Oh come on, you really think I'm going to do anything other than like this? I mean, yeah, we've heard Chris do these very slow type of songs (with other cover versions as well), but I'm not sure what else to say other than Chris does a really great job with this. It's not that different from the original, but there are little details that make it stand out. The harmonica is a really nice addition, and vocally...well of course it's alright vocally. I guess if I were to nitpick, I would have liked to hear a little bit more of Morgane in the background, but much like “Broken Halos”, that's really being nitpicky. I dig it.
Written by Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux Farar
See, I actually liked “A Little More Summertime” a lot, and while I only found “Any Ol' Barstool” to be somewhat decent, I was happy that Aldean's music looked to be taking a step in the right direction. His new single is a step back though. Look, I won't lie, there's a real hard edge feel to this with the guitars that open the track up, and for the most part it is able to ride out that angrier feel (which I like). However, I'm sorry but we're really supposed to eat up another rural pandering track from Aldean? I had a conversation with someone on Twitter who said that it's not necessarily whether or not the artist is being “real” that counts (since that's hard to say), but rather how well they convey their message and how well it connects with the audience. On that note, much like the majority of his last album this just feels underwritten and boring, relying more on being pissy in its framing than actually saying something when it's all said and done.
Written by Kurt Allison, Jaron Boyer, and Josh Mirenda
This is a fine choice for the next single. Really, while I don't like how the production really overclouds the message of this song, especially during the chorus, I like how honest it is, because that's something I feel is missing from this scene these days. She's open to admitting her problems such as crying every other weekend, and she also admits she's not truly 100% there yet, but she's doing better than she has. I think it could have maybe used another verse to drive the story home, but that's just a minor detail. We're all trying to cope with different things in our live everyday. It sounds cheesy to leave it like that, but it's true, and while we'll never have anything to figure everything out, it's the learning and the reflection that counts.
Written by Lauren Alaina, Emily Shackleton, Brady Riley, and busbee