Songwriters: Jeff Cohen, Kara DioGuardi, Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry, Reid Perry
In a mere two years since their country radio debut, The Band Perry has quickly developed their own established signatures – big hair; twangy production; raw, unpolished vocals; and – perhaps most notably – quirky, left-of-center lyrical material. This has often resulted in songs that are unique and interesting, but that lack clear focus and cohesion, of which the group’s signature mega-hit “If I Die Young” was a foremost example.
With that in mind, “Postcard From Paris” stands out as a moment in which the trio is able to marry their lovable quirkiness to a lyrical concept that is clear and understandable. Just imagine: You’re with your significant other when you happen to run into your former lover. That brings upon the realization that the love you now have is nothing compared to the one you lost. Or, to hear Kimberly Perry tell it, “It’s like a postcard from Paris when I’ve seen the real thing/ It’s like finding out your diamond is from her old promise ring/ A call back from your fortune-teller – she read your cards upside-down.” The chorus utilizes figurative language that comes across as fresh and creative, but still effective in furthering the song’s overall purpose. The narrator then laments “The meanest thing you ever did was come around… and now I’m ruined.” Now that really cuts to the chase.
In typical Perry fashion, “Postcard From Paris” is backed by an instantly likeable musical arrangement that all but maxes out country radio’s allowed amount of fiddle and mandolin. We thus get a single that is easily accessible both on a sonic and lyrical level, which has become far too much of a rarity on country radio, making this particular single feel like a real breath of fresh air.
Of course, The Band Perry still has plenty of room to grow as an artistic force. But in their journey toward the realization of their lofty potential, “Postcard From Paris” is a definite step forward.