Tim McGraw – “Right Back Atcha Babe”

25 Jun

Songwriters:  Dave Pahanish, Joe West

I will most likely never understand the metrics by which Tim McGraw has dubbed Emotional Traffic “my best album ever” – a quotation which Curb Records has touted to ludicrous extremes in marketing the album.  But one thing is for sure:  With the album’s only genuinely strong cut having completed its radio life cycle, we’ll certainly be wading through a whole lot of crud while we wait for McGraw to return with hopefully better new music on the Big Machine label – a fact clearly evidenced by McGraw’s insipid new single “Right Back Atcha Babe.”

The lyric quickly falls apart from opening line “That night in Phoenix when you stole my Jeep/ And you brought it home with a new stereo/ Baby that was sweet.”  As shown by the corny title, the song is centered around a lame, juvenile catchphrase that lends an air of condescension to the song as a whole.  Beyond that, there’s little to it but a flat, awkward melody, watery adult contemporary production, and a sloppily written lyric wholly devoid of all detail and vibrancy.  No matter how inconsistent McGraw’s output has been in recent years, such mediocrity should be an embarrassment for an artist of such stature.

Let its chart run be swift and speedy so that afterward we may never speak of it again.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)


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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Reviews, Single Reviews



3 responses to “Tim McGraw – “Right Back Atcha Babe”

  1. classygentleman7

    June 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    I also have no clue what Tim was thinkin when he said this was his “best album ever”. I would have preferred that he released Halo, Touchdown Jesus, or The One That Got Away as his next single, as those are the only songs on the album that I actually enjoy. Usually, I can listen to a whole McGraw album (Live Like You Were Dying, especially) all the way through and not press the skip button. To say this album is a disappointment is a massive understatement.

  2. classygentleman7

    June 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    “Let its chart run be swift and speedy so that afterward we may never speak of it again.”

    Well you may be getting what you wanted, sort of. According to Tim’s Facebook page, a new single titled “Truck Yeah” will be released to radio July 3rd. Listened to it on YouTube and it’s must as awful as Right Back Atcha Babe. If not more. Can’t wait to hear your review for it. Haha

  3. classygentleman7

    June 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    alright Ben, this my last in my bombardment of comments. Apparently, both singles are being released. Curb Records is releasing Right Back Atcha Babe, while Big Machine Records (Tim’s new label) is releasing Truck Yeah. It’s a shame that such an accomplished artist is sending two steaming piles of awfulness to country radio.


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