Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert – We Were Us

Another collaboration brought to you by the law of large numbers (with dollar signs in front of them).


Anthony Easton: Can we have more Miranda and less Keith? I mean, this song is a piled up collection of cheap rhymes, bad cliches, and nostalgia that’s just not believable. That the production leans towards Keith and overwhelms Miranda just makes it that much more tin-eared. 

Alfred Soto: I can’t understand why someone who looks so good and plays such decent guitar suffers from terminal blandness, but at least he’s no blander than Mr. Miranda Lambert himself, aka Blake Shelton.  

Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy: Some songs are nigh-on impossible to hear beyond expertly triggered pleasure points: familiar vocal twangs, nostalgic subject matter, booming choruses swooping in on a listener. “We Were Us” has all of these and not much else, but the triggers go off so efficiently that resistance is futile: you are ours, Urban and Lambert might as well be purring.

Scott Mildenhall: If country were a bigger deal across its sphere, this would make a brilliant Eurovision entry. Perhaps it would need a bigger ending, but it’s about three minutes long, attention-grabbingly stompy and has an audible dynamic between the performers that if translated to a visual one would afford it an all-important edge (not that it would necessarily need it). It also brings to mind The Go! Team at the start, and that’s scarcely a bad thing.

Brad Shoup: Would that the economy of explanation applied to the drums. They make a terrible slapping, punctuation on a yellowing pad. But before! Miranda savors the pictures over a gentle banjo lattice. Then BAM come the drums, and there’s no room to flash back, just this frantic repeated smack upside my head.

Patrick St. Michel: It all sounds great — both Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert boast voices that are easy on the ears and “We Were Us” has a good bounce — but it also comes off as a bit faceless. Like, for something featuring Miranda Lambert, you’d think this would have more character. Instead, it is a pretty standard “young love, that was cool” song.

Edward Okulicz:Wild at Heart” with the benefit (or otherwise) of hindsight gleaned from love from long ago, and the deficit of awful drums from a production trend from about the same time period. Not bad, though.

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