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Single Review: Caitlin & Will – ‘Address In The Stars’

caitlinwillSeason 2 of Can You Duet starts this June. And the first season winners Caitlin & Will still don’t have a single at radio yet.  The song ‘Even Now’ was released to iTunes last year – and was slated as a radio single for this year. But apparently, the radio programmers decided this tune was the better of the two.  As Caitlin Lynn said over at Country Universe on Leeann Ward’s review of this song:

Here is your truth…Sony, nor did Will or I switch our single. RADIO switched our single.  We went out on our radio tour the whole month of February. If you dont know how it works I’ll tell you…you go into a conference room or sometimes a kitchen with the Program Director and or Music Director (Sometimes they bring in staff and sometimes they dont) We play 3-5 songs for them, try to get to know them as best we can in under an hour and then leave to go do it all over again. Sometimes 5 stations in one day. At every station we would play Even Now and Address in the Stars. We gave them the single to play which was ‘Even Now’ and they said “No” we are not playing ‘Even Now’ we are playing ‘Address in the Stars’.

I made no secret in my review of ‘Even Now’, I think it’s one of the best songs to come out of Nashville in quite a while.  So, why the radio programmers decided ‘Address In The Stars’ is the better choice for the lead-single is still kind of a mystery to me.  Lyrically, it’s basically a re-write of LeAnn Rimes’ ‘Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way’.  Word is, Caitlin was inspired to write it after losing an aunt to breast cancer.  But does the song really hold up on its own without knowing the backstory?  No.

The song starts off simple enough with its piano intro and Caitlin brilliantly delivering the lines.  (She’s a modern-day Trisha Yearwood – a master of interpretation from the very beginning.) Then the chorus starts bombarding us with a wall of sound.  Caitlin’s vocal is never lost in all this sonic mess though.  She possesses one of those rare, instantly identifiable voices, and it’s plenty big enough to outshine even the glossiest production.  I’m a big fan of this duo.  But the more I think about it, this is exactly the kind of song I would expect radio to latch onto instead of an intelligent lament like ‘Even Now’.  Here’s hoping the pair succeeds anyway.

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Listen to ‘Address In The Stars’ at the official Caitlin & Will site.

14 responses to “Single Review: Caitlin & Will – ‘Address In The Stars’

  1. Occasional Hope March 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    It does seem like a very strange switch. Even Now is a really good record, which deserves to be a hit. Address In the Stars has a great vocal, a very good and touching lyric, a reasonable tune, and horrible, overbearing production in which I detect the fell hand of Chris Lindsey. It makes the failure to press Even Now as a single last summer even more baffling – beacuse if they had, they could have legitimately put out Address In the Stars now.

    Maybe the programme directors don’t like Will’s voice?

  2. Razor X March 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    It’s not a bad song, but it would have been much more effective with a more stripped-down, understated production. The string arrangement on this just sort of beats the listener over the head.

    • Leeann Ward March 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm

      JR, I was expecting a more positive review on this from you.:) I guess we essentially agree in the end. I need to listen to “Even Now” again, since people seem to like that one. I’m just sick of these Nashville producers who can take a good song and turn it into something generic. This song had so much potential that was covered up. I think I’m gonna put Chris Lindsey in the same category as Dann Huff. Y’all know what a big fan I am of Huff. Right?

      • J.R. Journey March 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm

        Leeann, I wish I could have written a more positive review than this – because I am a huge fan of these two. This just isn’t a song that grabs me the way ‘Even Now’ did. I like the song ‘Leaves of September’ (which Will sings lead on) much better than this one too. Out of all the new songs on their website, this is probably my least favorite. But I was never particularly fond of this type of song – Reba’s ‘What Do You Say’ and ‘He Gets That From Me’ aren’t on my favorites list, nor are the dozen of songs from Martina McBride which are a lot like this.

        I still think Caitlin has one the best voices – and is a great interpreter of a lyric. I just didn’t like this song very much.

      • CMW March 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

        Word on the street is that you also adore Scott Hendricks, Leeann.

  3. Leeann Ward March 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I know what you mean. I hate writing negative reviews for artists I like. Caitlin does have a great voice.

  4. Chris March 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I love “Even Now”, I started listening to this song, but didn’t finish- so I’ll have to go back and hear it… I love their voices though, so I hope they succeed…

  5. Maya Johns April 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    You have no business reviewing anything! OBVIOUSLY- you have never lost someone you love. This song made me cry my eyes out. Address in the Stars will touch so many people. I don’t think someone should be reviewing songs that doesn’t have any life experience. I bought Caitlin and Will’s new CD and every song is great. Even Now is also great. But, Address in the Stars touched me in a way a song hasn’t in a long time. To compare it to that LeAnn Rimes song you would have to be deaf. She is talking about a boyfriend/husband. This song hit me straight in the heart because it is exactly how I feel about losing my Dad.

    • J.R. Journey April 2, 2009 at 7:02 pm

      I hope more people are affected by this song like you, Maya. I am a big fan of Caitlin & Will, and I hope they succeed.

  6. Caitlin April 9, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Maya, its people like you that make me realize that my Aunt Lisa didnt pass away for no reason. I am a firm believer that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Maybe the reason for Lisa’s death was to save my own mother (her sister) from the same fate and to help heal people who have gone through a similar situation of any loss.

    Its because of you that one bad review could NEVER take away the hundreds of people who have been affected by ‘Address in the Stars’. Thank you for giving me that gift. And on a side note…I dont mind being compared to LeAnn’s song…its all loss, no matter who it is. And that was a GREAt song.

    (by the way JR I wouldnt add your review into the list of bad ones…Address wont touch everyone…but just like all of our songs wont reach out and touch every person out there thats why we have a 10 song album) 🙂

    xoxoxo Caitlin

    • J.R. Journey April 9, 2009 at 10:44 am

      Thanks for stopping by to comment, Caitlin. I can appreciate that this is a very personal song for you, and I admire the strength it must have taken to record it, let alone have to sing it 4-5 times a day at different radio stations.

      And while I think you’re a powerhouse vocalist and songstress, this song just doesn’t click with me like ‘Even Now’ or even ‘Leaves of September’ or ‘Dark Horse’. And music, like any other artform, is very subjective.

      I still think you’re one of the best vocalists to hit the scene in the past few years, and hope you and Will are a huge success – you compliment each other beautifully. Good luck!

  7. Nellie Battles April 17, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Address in the Stars- got my attention and made me cry. If you haven’t experienced loss- you should not be allowed to comment on this song much less criticize it.
    The sad part of life is losing someone you love and not getting to tell them all the little things about your day. This song resonates with me much deeper than any on the CD. I love them all. Dark Horse, Leaves of September, Even Now. Amazingly, they are all incredible. But to me, Address in the Stars hit me out of nowhere. I cried. And a song hasn’t had that effect on me in a long time.

  8. Mike Sullivan May 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I have heard “Address in the Stars: stripped down and acoustic and it is amazing. The album version is overproduced…

    These two have something great

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