The Band Perry has released their newest song to the radio and iTunes, titled "Better Dig Two". This is the first single off of the Rick Rubin produced follow up album to their self titled debut, which should be released in early 2013. So, did The Band Perry regress, or move forward with this new single?
First off, this song is dark. The lyrics are fantastic. It tells the tale of a lover who is so attached to her man that if he dies first, you better dig two graves, because she won't be far behind. It's not cute. It's weird, obsessive, and creepy sounding, and I love it. We have enough cutesy songs, why not have a dark, twisted relationship? Lyrically, this song is a step above a lot on the radio, dropping lines about meth and a hangman's noose. Dark indeed.
Musically, this song is a toss up. The intro and first verse are spectacular, with faint banjo plucks and hand claps that sound pure and acoustic. Unfortunately, this doesn't continue. The song has some loud guitar riffs that feel totally out of place. I know they have a young audience and they need to appeal to that, but they took a song that could be an A++++ and took it to a B+ with the noise. It goes from sounding fresh to blending in with those riffs. The chorus is catchy, and sounds a LOT like Carrie Underwood's "Undo It" , but more rootsy and less poppy.
I don't want the last paragraph to make it seem like I don't like this song, because I do. Its a nice change of pace on the radio. I just wish it stuck to the earthy intro and left the overproduced parts behind. But, I still recommend this song for a listen, and I continue to look forward to The Band Perry maturing and getting better. They proved with "If I Die Young" that they can write and perform some killer songs. Let's hope they keep it up. "Better Dig Two" is a step in the right direction, even if it is a baby step.