If Brad Paisley feels pressured by his mantle of trad country's savior, he certainly doesn't show it.
If Brad Paisley feels pressured by his mantle of trad country's savior, he certainly doesn't show it. He does, though, live up to it, as Part II is loaded with great songs, sterling musicianship, and a healthy dose of humor. A triple threat as picker, writer, and singer, Paisley showcases mastery of all three skills with the geographically accurate romp "Two Feet Under" and the instant fishin' classic "I'm Gonna Miss Her," both representing a comedic bent reminiscent of the great Roger Miller. Paisley also deftly handles the difficult task of romance without sap on "Come on Over Tonight," and he makes us laugh again with the price-of-love treatise "All You Really Need Is Love." Paisley nails love's trials with "I Wish You'd Stay," a future hit ballad. "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" rings with mountain soul, and "Munster Rag" will inspire hillbilly air guitar. Put simply, if a better country music record is issued this year, we want to hear it.—RW