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Single Review: Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood – ‘Remind Me’

No less than six of the fifteen tracks on Brad Paisley’s This Is Country Music album, released Monday, feature guest vocalists. Paisley trots out Alabama, Don Henley, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, and even Clint Eastwood to join him in song, but the biggest country music name he’s corralled is Carrie Underwood. Does the pairing of two of country’s leading personalities fulfill the potential of its level of starpower, or even match Brad and Carrie’s first duet “Oh Love” from Paisley’s 2007 5th Gear album? Not at all.

Lately, Paisley’s singles have taken on a classic-country-meets-today’s-technology feel. He’s made it a point to insert the kind of new-fangled studio tricks usually foreign to country music and hold on to the hot string of traditionalism he’s made a name with. Unfortunately, it’s all been very formulaic up to this point, and “Remind Me” doesn’t serve to change that. From the electronic hue of Paisley’s vocals at the front of the song, to Underwood’s unflattering falsetto, both singers deliver one of their weakest performances yet; neither party’s pipes are flattered here, and neither sounds terribly engaged. A bed of guttural electric guitar leads their misguided performances, and Paisley of course allows for his self-indulgent solo.

A less balls to the wall approach would certainly have suited the song better. With frequent cowriters Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace, Paisley has crafted a clever song commenting on the rekindling of a love affair. But it’s really hard to hear the spackling of melody meeting manuscript above all this noise. This could never have been a classic, but it sure could have been a lot better.

Grade: C-

“Remind Me” isn’t available as an individual download without buying the album.  Get it at itunes.

5 responses to “Single Review: Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood – ‘Remind Me’

  1. Occasional Hope May 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I’m not at all impressed by this.

  2. linda May 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    i love this song

  3. Dave May 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Review has missed the mark comletely. I mean, with comments like “unflattering falsetto” and “self-indulgent solo” the reviewer shows their bias, it may be your opinion but I think sales and downloads of the album and this track will prove this opinion to be in the tiny minority of people not liking this. Track Grade: A- Review Grade: D

  4. Rob June 1, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Unfortunately, your review is way off and you obviously are not a Carrie Underwood fan. By working with Carrie, Brad has delivered maybe his BEST song to date, with strong, emotive vocals by both, and some notes Brad has never hit. Carrie’s tone and passionate delivery elevates the song to a higher level and confirms the single will be one of the biggest of the year, possibly grabbing Best Song awards at both ACM and CMA next year. I am not sure you heard the same song as the reviews across the board have been overwhelming strong… listen to it again, you will heard them spinning gold.

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