Review – Garth Brooks’ “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”

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Two years ago country music saw the return of one of its most popular sons. After nearly a decade of retirement from recording new music and touring, Garth Brooks made his big return in 2014. And of course it being Garth it was hyped up to be pretty big because Garth always goes big. Many speculated that his return could make a big splash on the mainstream scene and maybe even turn the radio scene around because after all he was the biggest star of the genre in the 90s.

Well he didn’t exactly make the impact many thought he would. While he’s still the same major force on the touring front as he always has been (one of the largest and most passionate fan bases in music), he has yet to make any kind of impact on the genre since his big comeback. Both singles from his decent comeback album Man Against Machine really did little at radio, with “People Loving People” peaking at #19 and “Mom” peaking at #32. This led me to criticize his lack of leadership since his return, as well as his singles choices. So now after these obvious disappointing results and splitting from RCA Nashville to his own independent label Peal Records (Man Against Machine was released both through RCA and Pearl), Garth is back with new music. It’s the lead single from a yet to be named and announced album, titled “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance.”

All you had to do was show me the title and I knew it would be a Garth song because it’s just so him. Right away you get a taste of the eclectic mix of instrumentation Garth uses throughout the song. If you’re a familiar with Garth you know he’s not really straight country and has to mix in other things. The usual pop, upbeat tempo is well present. One surprise though is the prevalence of an organ in the background, which gives the song some much-needed flavor. The drum play is spot-on, although a little over-embellished at times. All in all the instrumentation and production is solid. It’s admittedly catchy.

As for the song itself it’s pretty self-explanatory: it’s a love song about wanting to dance with your woman. Digging a little deeper in the lyrics, the narrator of the song is heart-broken and had previously sworn off love because of it. But now he’s found a new woman and wants romance again. The song isn’t really deep, but it’s not trying to be. It’s your breezy, upbeat love song that Garth created the formula for years ago. It sounds like something we’ve heard from him before, which is both good and bad. His last album was sort of in a weird place sonically and didn’t really seem to fit him well. So it appears he moving back to a comfortable place, but at the same time you wonder if he takes any chances on his upcoming album.

“Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” is by no means a bad song, but you have to wonder how memorable it will ultimately be. Is this something that has a real chance at being a hit? I’m not so sure. It’ll be interesting to see how much staying power this song has and if Garth can return to being a hit maker like he was back in the day. Garth has yet to put his music on iTunes or other popular music services, which could hinder this single. There have been rumors swirling for weeks about him signing a mega deal with Apple Music, but there has yet to be any confirmation. We’ll have to wait and see. As for “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” it’s the type of song I wouldn’t turn off on the radio if I heard it, but I would never go out of my way to listen to it either.

Grade: 5/10

Recommend? – Yes, if you’re a Garth fan I guess. Everyone else: it’s worth one listen.


Written by Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy, Steve Dorff, Victoria Shaw and Kim Williams

 

You know the deal with Garth and his music. It’s not available on iTunes, YouTube or streaming services. There are two ways you can hear it and fortunately both are free. You can take the obvious route: Garth has signed on a sponsorship deal with Fritos Chips with this song. If you buy a specifically marked Garth bag of Fritos Brand Chips, there will be a code in the bag to get a free download of the song. You go to http://www.freegarthsong.com and enter the code there to get the download. The not so obvious route: sign up for a free account on allaccess.com and you can stream the song on it (but you can’t download it).

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24 thoughts on “Review – Garth Brooks’ “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”

  1. Sorry, but Star of the Show by Rhett is a better song than this (& I don’t think that’s a great song, maybe a 3 or 4 out of 10). The production is fine, country with pop elements, more modern than some of his previous stuff, actually reminds me of Kelsea Ballerini (who of course prob is really copying Garth), and as you point out Garth has never been super traditional country.

    The lyrics though are boring and generic, and more than boring and generic, they’re juvenile. He says he’s here for romance, but the whole song is about sex. Oh look another male country singer equating romance and sex. At least Rhett’s song is sweet, and not about sex. (and hey look I like sex, but c’mon, this is the same BS as that stupid new lay down in the field Luke Bryan song, just slightly better).

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    • To each their own. As you say this is boring and generic. I can’t get worked up enough about this song to care enough to not like it. This song is just there and I don’t think it even lasts long in the top 30 of the airplay chart. Not to mention I think the instrumentation for this song is much better than “Star of the Show.”

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      • The production is at least a little more interesting. I’m just so over songs that are all about hook-ups, especially calling it romance. Rhett’s song at least tries to be sweet & a slightly more elevated take.

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  2. “Written by Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy, Steve Dorff, Victoria Shaw and Kim Williams”

    Wow…a song not written by Gorley, Copperman, Akins & the rest of the gang. Is “Baby…” better?
    No it’s not. A bad Garth Brooks song. A bad country song. Not worth a bag of chips.

    There are much better new releases:
    Jamie Richards – The Latest & Greatest – Album – First Impression 9/10
    Jesse Raub Jr. – Sittin’ Here – Album – First Impression 8/10
    Tracy Byrd – All American Texan – Album – First Impression 7-8/10
    Darryl Ryan – Darryl Ryan – Ep – First Impression 8/10
    Craig Hand – I Wanna Go Back – Ep – First Impression 7-8/10

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  3. Garth can do better. It’s not my favorite Garth song, it’s probably my least favorite Garth song. But hey, it’s better than whatever the hell Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan are releasing. In retrospect, it’s just a big ole bag of meh.

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  4. Rubbish. His first three albums still stand up against anything out there, yet he still turns his back on what put him on the map to begin with. I remember popping in the cassette of No fences into my car radio over 25 years ago. What a great moment that was. I was supposed to be headed home, but turned around and went for a drive until the album was done. I don’t think it came out of the player for months. That’s what makes a good album in my opinion; something that makes the drive home a little longer so you can hear it all.

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  5. Well, you folks at Country Perspective are definitely Garth fans! If this exact song had been released by Thomas Rhett or some other yo-yo, you would’ve ripped it to shreds for its psychedelic beat and funky bass solo. Just like people mentioned in the comments above, the song boils down to being about sex which you guys have constantly complained about in previous reviews. Very hypocritical review in my book.

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    • “definitely Garth fans” Lol OK pal.

      Thanks for reading. We’re not going to give you the grade you want every time.

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      • Didn’t mean to diss you or the site. I’m an avid follower, and I agree with nearly every opinion you guys have. I just didn’t understand how this song gets a 5/10 when you would typically give it a 1/10 for anyone else that performed it.

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        • I can easily explain why I gave this 5/10 and didn’t bash it like other sex songs. It’s intent. The other sex songs we’ve bashed on the site such as Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time,” Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and Michael Ray’s “Think A Little Less” all had a sleazy/cynical undertone about it. The intent of the men in the song trying to hookup with a woman were not transparent, but rather feigning care and consideration when there wasn’t any. This makes them douches. Therefore these songs get punished for being slimy and treating the situation as a means to an end. On Garth’s new single, none of this is present. It’s your textbook, garden variety love song we’ve heard a million of before from him and others at country radio. It’s safe and boring. The intent of the guy of the song isn’t a hook-up, it’s just generic “Hey let’s make love and dance together because reasons.” I can’t get angry or punish a song so boring and safe. It gets the ignorable 5/10 score I give to every vanilla schlock like Brett Eldredge’s “Mean To Me” charting just ahead of it. Six months from now we won’t even remember this song because it’s so forgettable.

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  6. I don`t just get it.Why are you guys giving Garth a pass.This is one of the worst songs he had ever released.Garth is way better than this.This is a guy who used to listen to about 5000 songs before making an album.What happened, is it sheer laziness or he has lost touch with some of those great great songs that put him on the map in the first place.A classic Garth song does not need two listens.It grabs you and doesn`t let you go.Where is unanswered prayers, the thunder rolls, the river, the dance, if tomorrow never comes, friends in low places, to make you feel my love, aint going down,much too young, more than a memory,shameless, calling baton rouge.To say i`m disappointed, will be an understatement.He needs to go back to the drawing board.The greatest always fine a way to reinvent themselves.A great great song will never fail you.If friends in low places was released today, it will still top the charts.

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