Songwriters: Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen
What a beautiful arrangement! What a sweet melody! What a lovely performance!
Lyrics? Kind of boring, especially considering that this is coming from The Band Perry - a sibling act who seems to thrive on off-beat lyrics. Their past output has included death threats, images of a mother burying her daughter, as well as a few lines that made little sense, but that were fun to sing along to nonetheless. So it comes as a bit of a disappointment that their new single "All Your Life" mostly sounds like a run-of-the-mill "wanna find true love" song with verses that ring a bit cheesy. Example: "Would you catch a couple thousand fireflies/ Put 'em in a lamp to light me world?" That makes the song sound more like album filler than a potential hit single.
After two sweet-but-insubstantial verses, there's a sudden jolt to the system with a bridge that is actually interesting: "Lately I've been writing desperate love songs/ I mostly sing them to the wall/ You could be the centerpiece of my obsession/ If you would notice me at all." That portion of the lyric carries a much deeper emotional resonance in comparison to the paint-by-number construction of the preceding verses.
But even if the lyric is a bit wonky, "All Your Life" earns points for a light, restrained arrangement with an enjoyable helping of banjo and mandolin. Kimberley Perry's lead vocal is restrained with a raw and unpolished quality that gives it character. So it's an enjoyable record to listen to, even if the lyric could have been more air-tight. Still, without a set of lyrics that's consistently interesting from start to finish, Team Perry is one base shy of a home run.
THE BAND PERRY'S SCORE: 6
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