‘Easy Money’ is catchy, funny and sly like so much of Paisley’s work. Songs like this feel like they were written and recorded in a day, and I mean that as a compliment.
Brad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse was a rare miss for the artist (and best remembered for the laughably ill-advised track ‘Accidental Racist’) but opening cut and lead-off single ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ is a keeper.
The track’s theme epitomizes Paisley’s appeal as a bona fide country star whose creative purview extends well past Nashville.
‘High Life’ – Brad Paisley
After the disastrous ‘Accidental Racist’ derailed his ambitious album Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley retreated to lick his wounds and came back this year with a good-old country record, Moonshine in the Trunk.
It’s a fun album but not an entirely memorable one, especially when compared to the excellent stretch of records that culminated in American Saturday Night.
On April 19, 2012, I posted a song from Fiona Apple’s When the Pawn…. It was during a countdown of my favorite albums of the 90s, and Apple’s sophomore effort was #2 on my list.
That was Song of the Day #1,376.
The following day, I posted my #1 album of the 90s. It was Ben Folds Five’s self-titled debut.
That was Song of the Day #1,378.
It’s short, sweet, funny and features a guitar part or two that sound delightfully out of place in a honkytonk country song.
Unfortunately, quite a few decent songs were overlooked amidst the outrage. Among them was ‘Pressing On a Bruise,’ a track co-written by Paisley and Mat Kearney. Kearney contributes a spoken-word verse toward the end of the song as well.
The harsher blows were due to the ill-advised crapfest ‘Accidental Racist,’ a stab at racial harmony (performed with LL Cool J) that turned out laughably bad and, ironically, a bit racist itself.
But the album’s lack of chart success (relative to Paisley’s astronomical sales numbers up to that point) wasn’t the fault of ‘Accidental Racist.’ It was a sign that Paisley’s increasingly experimental, envelope-pushing approach to country music had finally alienated a sizable portion of his audience.