Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kellie Pickler, "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again"

These days, everybody knows who Kellie Pickler is. She has become a fan favorite in country music, despite the fact that she has mostly received lukewarm support from country radio. She has been able to maintain a consistent presence on the charts, even though all but one of her singles have missed the Top 10. The new single from her self-titled sophomore album is a lighthearted up-tempo tune called "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again." Will this song be the one that finally gives her a firmly-established presence on country airwaves?

The song begins with some guitar picking, and then you hear a drum beat, and then Kellie's sweet Southern drawl comes pouring out. The production is in the style of the slick and polished country-pop that we have come to expect from modern-day Nashville. We hear a familiar message in the lyrics. The narrator describes the blissfully happy relationship she enjoys with her man. Some loves may fade over time, but this guy makes her "fall in love again" just by being himself. I can't say that there is anything particularly moving and special about these lyrics. Still, I can't say that this song is just another piece of fluff either.

One thing that Kellie Pickler has a knack for is choosing songs that are well-suited to her voice. Many of her songs effectively bring out the depth and beauty in her vocals, while still showcasing her charming personality. "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again" possesses these traits in full measure, making it a fine addition to Kellie's growing catalog of hits. Despite the song's shortcomings, the infectious melody and energetic vocal performance should be enough to put a smile on your face when you hear it. You might even find yourself raising the volume and singing along. This song might not be a contemporary neo-classic, but each time I hear it, I like it more and more.

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