My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Single Review: Maddie & Tae – ‘Shut Up and Fish’

unnamedWhen I reviewed “Fly,” I remarked how important it was for Maddie & Tae to diversify and show us what else they could do. The results were borderline spectacular, although I didn’t quite see it at the time. Now they’re back to the ball-busting style that gained them notoriety in summer 2014.

As with “Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie and Tae are subverting the bro dominated landscape that uses simple actions as a lead up to sex. “Shut Up and Fish” illustrates the idea that a woman can stand up for herself, have a brain, and desire to be treated as something other than an object. By taking the guy to task, and ultimately casting him aside, they’re proving it’s okay for the woman to hold the power in the relationship.

It’s also fine, as “Shut Up and Fish” proves, to be country. The organic instrumentation informs our experience by keeping the song from being more than just another addition to the scrap pile. It’s so damn catchy that we actually want to listen and hear the message in the process. When was the last time we could even say that?

Since “Shut Up and Fish” is dripping with humor, it’s easy to miss the fact the track is as significant for modern country as “Follow Your Arrow” and “All Kinds of Kinds.” It doesn’t hit as hard nor is it particularly topical. But it brilliantly succeeds in turning the themes of bro-country on their head. It’s damn time the men got the short end of the stick. They’ve ruled for far too long.

Grade: A

4 responses to “Single Review: Maddie & Tae – ‘Shut Up and Fish’

  1. Occasional Hope November 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This is very charming, and I hope it’s a big hit. But isn’t it more of a summer song?

  2. Erik North November 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    It may not be profound, but at least it has that traditionalist twang that I always liked about country. And it sure puts lyrics like “Floatin’ down the Flint River, catch us up a little catfish dinner” in the shade (IMHO).

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