So I just tried listening to the record, and there are some things I like. Brad Paisley's voice is strong and sturdy and comforting, so there's that. He's also really awesome at the guitar, and if you close your eyes, you can actually picture him playing his signature paisley-printed Fender Telecaster. His melodies are top-notch, of course, and he refrains from subtly hating gay people and foreigners, which is also really nice.
But he also wrote a song called "Welcome to the Future" about how it's, like, super crazy that you can send emails and that black people don't have to sit in the back of the bus anymore. We critics have talked ourselves into a such a tight corner that we can no longer expect something more insightful from our artists; we're doing them, and their audience, a grave disservice, and it needs to stop, pronto. New year's resolution?
The video, should you be so inclined, is after the jump.