After a couple of not particularly good albums, Brad's back on form with "American Saturday Night"!!
It's a great hour of music. Standout tracks for me are "Welcome To The Future", with thoughtful lyrics and a fantastic bubbling 80s-rock style keyboard (think someone like Styx); the first single "Then", which appears in a longer version to the single, which somehow seems to sound better from the additional minute; the bluesy "She's Her Own Woman", with a marvellous guitar solo at the end; and the lost-love "Oh Yeah, You're Gone". I also like the two short reprises of "Welcome To the Future", firstly as an additional acoustic verse and then as a 'hidden' instrumental at the end of the album, with more of that great keyboard sound.
One of my criticisms of Paisley in the past has been his obsession with jokey tracks (it was this that killed his last 'proper' album "5th Gear" for me, just too many throwaway 'funny' songs) and the fact that an album couldn't go by with a 'comedy' sketch featuring his friends from country music. The problem was they just didn't bear repeated (in some case even single) listenings! Thankfully on this release he veers away from the comedy, with only "The Pants" falling into the comedy zone.
So thanks Brad - you're back on track!! How about some UK dates now??