Brad Paisley, "Water"

77 Billboard Rating

The long winter is over, and leave it to Brad Paisley to be the first to remind country devotees that summer's just around the corner. He co-wrote this delightful ode to warm-weather fun with frequent collaborators Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois, and the song has a breezy, engaging melody. The lyric boasts Paisley's signature sense of humor and picturesque references, from inflatable kiddie pools to spring break partying. In each one, the common denominator is a love affair with water. As Paisley sings, "When that summer sun starts to beatin' down/ And you don't know what to do/Grab your swimming trunks, ice up that old Igloo/And drive until the map turns blue," it's hard not to reach for the suntan lotion and your favorite shades. As with his previous hits, "Water" has an easygoing charm that should propel it up the chart.

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