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Single Review: Caitlin & Will – ‘Even Now’

caitlinwillI have to start with saying I love this song and performance.  I don’t think I can put those feelings into words, but I’m sure as hell going to try.  I love this song from the first note to the last. And I’ve lived these lyrics right down to the punctuation … Oh yeah, should I mention that I’ve lived these lyrics over and over.  And over and over.  And over again.  Yep.  That’s life.  

Caitilin Lynn was my favorite on the CMT Can You Duet show from the beginning.  Why didn’t Nashville Star have this much talent?

I’ve heard these two compared to Lady Antebellum, and I think that’s a fair comparison.  But that comparison is only as deep as the sound of the singers’ voices. Caitlin and Hillary Scott are both wonderful vocalists while Will Snyder and Charles Kelley share rock-tinged voices.  And both pairings have the potential for soaring harmonies.  But I think the similarites end with the sound of the two groups.  Caitlin & Will have an edge to their sound and persona that Lady Antebellum lacks.  So, will Caitlin & Will fall victim to the Lady Antebellum niche? Or will country radio find room for both artists in their playlists? We have to wait and see the answer to that. But I think Caitlin & Will have the talent – and the song in this case too – to really take off.

The song itself makes use of the double-entendre of the title very well. A couple who has been fighting and on-again/off-again are finally at the quitting stage of their relationship. And after all the hurt they inflicted on one another, they are ‘even now’ in this game of one-up-manship. But, despite all the heartbreak, they still love each other ‘even now’. Vocally, you couldn’t ask for a better performance.

For two people who were thrust together on a reality show – on CMT of all places – these two sing with the power, posture, and persuasion of seasoned veterans. Caitlin has one of the best set of pipes I’ve heard in a while – and a real knack for interpreting a lyric – while duet partner Will brings just the right amount of pepper to the table.

Predicting what songs will penetrate the oft-times stagnant play-lists of country radio is usually futile, but I am willing to take a stab in the dark and say this song will break through for the duo.  It would certainly be a breath of fresh air and an antidote to the overly chipper selection of tunes being force fed to us by programmers.  Here’s hoping you succeed, Caitlin & Will.  I’m rooting for ya!


Written by Casey Beathard and Karyn Rochelle.

Listen to Caitlin & Will – ‘Even Now’. My apologies that this is just a youtube fan video – it’s all I could find.

Check out the official Caitlin & Will site where you can listen to 6 tracks from their upcoming album. I personally recommend ‘Dark Horse’ and ‘Leaves of September’.

But here’s something really cool … A behind the scenes look at the making of the music video for ‘Even Now’.

P.S.  According to the video above, Caitlin & Will will digitally release their album March 31, 2009.  No word yet if that will be the release date of the actual album, but I’ll keep you informed as news becomes available to me.

16 responses to “Single Review: Caitlin & Will – ‘Even Now’

  1. Occasional Hope February 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I really like this song too, and Caitlin’s voice. I certainly like them as an act more than Lady Antebellum, who just don’t work for me.

    Digital release sounds like testing the waters first.

  2. Annie February 12, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wow! Just checked the song out and I loved it. It gave me chills…….This song is a perfect example of why I listen to country music. I hope this song does well for Caitlin and Will.

  3. Razor X February 12, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Definitely better than Lady Antebellum.

  4. Chad February 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    WAAAY better than L.A.

    I’m really hoping these two hit…and I like that they don’t “look” like our typical country artist. Not that Caitlin isn’t attractive–(she’s actually very striking), but she isn’t a size zero like most women on country radio…HOORAY!

  5. Chad February 13, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    One other thing about this song…I’m a sucker for playing with double meanings in songs…and I love the way they play on “even now” in this song…

  6. krd1992 February 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I like this song too. I just interviewed them for the 9513 podcast, and they even played a couple of other songs for me (both were great)….

  7. Leeann Ward February 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, better than Lady A, but I’m still not on board with them yet.

  8. Shayne February 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I like them but I think Lady A is better.

  9. J.R. Journey February 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I like Caitlin & Will and Lady Antebellum too. We’re not picking favorites here.

  10. Erik February 17, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I perfer the Sara Evans song of the same name. This one is rather mundane to my ears.

  11. EM March 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Good stuff. Loved them on Can You Duet. Much better than Lady Antebellum.

  12. Occasional Hope March 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    The label website is saying they’ve pulled this as the single after all, in favour of Address In The Stars.

  13. J.R. Journey March 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I noticed in Country Aircheck that ‘Address In The Stars’ has an add date of March 30, and this one hasn’t charted yet. It’s kind of puzzling since they just released the music video for this one.

    I just hope they get a song on the radio soon. I would have preferred this one, but ‘Address In The Stars’ would have been my second choice, based on the new songs on their MySpace.

  14. Razor X March 10, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Maybe I’m being too pessimistic, but this makes me feel that perhaps Sony is unsure of how to market this duo.

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