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Single Review: Easton Corbin – ‘All Over The Road’

easton corbin roadThe second single (and title track) from Easton Corbin’s second album is a likeable enough love song. The attractive melody, Carson Chamberlain’s production and Easton’s smooth vocal are all very pleasing, and those alone set it above the mass of songs out there.

But when you listen closely, the lyrics are frankly problematic. The single portrays a man pulled over for dangerous driving thanks to the proximity of his sweetheart. Taken metaphorically, the emotion is quite sweet; but one can hardly take it seriously read literally. The feeble defence of the protagonist that he “don’t want to cause no wreck” are unbelievable; the disclaimer that he isn’t actually drunk is disingenuous. The girl is supposedly all over him while he’s trying to drive, and they’ll be “all over the road” in a literal sense if they’re not careful. You can’t really dismiss this level of irresponsibility as just a fun song. It was written by producer Carson Chamberlain with Ashley Gorley and Wade Kirby.

It does gain points for the sound, which is a nice balance of radio-friendly polish with genuinely country instrumentation, the melody and vocal, but they aren’t enough to make up for the folly of the lyrics. If the track is relegated to background music it’s nice enough, but one of the strengths of country music is that it takes real life seriously. The lyrics of a song almost always matter.

This is one of the (too many) tracks Jonathan Pappalardo dismissed as “lightweight filler” in his review of the album, and it’s hard to disagree. As one of the few traditionally-disposed artists currently welcome on country radio airwaves, and offering some hope for the future of the genre, it’s a real shame Easton Corbin isn’t finding more interesting material. But perhaps that’s what it takes these days, when artists like George Strait and Alan Jackson, who are clearly inspirations to Easton, have seen songs with real substance cast aside by radio.

Grade: C+

5 responses to “Single Review: Easton Corbin – ‘All Over The Road’

  1. Ben Foster January 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Could be overreaching here, but I rather doubt this song was meant to be read “literally.” Most ditties aren’t 😉

    • Occasional Hope January 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      That’s the problem with them 😉

    • Luckyoldsun January 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      but I rather doubt this song was meant to be read “literally.”

      Oh, please. And when Norma Jean sang “Let’s Go All the Way” it wasn’t about doing it.
      Country songwriters (and pop ones, too, going back at least to Cole Porter) have been trafficking in suggestive lyrics and double entendres for generations.

      The writers must have been laughing their butts off when one of them came up with the idea of doing a song about a woman giving a guy oral sex while driving, and they figured out how to write it just so.

      I think the song sounds pretty lame, but its offensiveness rescues it. It’s great that in this politically correct era, a country label would release something so irresponsible.

  2. Ben Foster January 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t think that’s a problem. For what it sets out to do, I think this song gets everything right. I’m a little surprised people are being so hard on it.

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