The Bottom Line
- "You Need A Man Around Here"
- "Easy Money"
- One could argue the Kung Pao Theatre goes on a little long.
- Brad Paisley's fourth album.
- Featuring duets with Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton.
- Contains another silly, but fun, chapter of Kung Pao Theatre in the bonus track(s), "Cornography."
Guide Review - Brad Paisley - 'Time Well Wasted'
I've lately come to realize that Brad Paisley has filled a void for me in country music. Out in the independent Americana areas I usually frequent, and heck, even in mainstream country, very few are playing country music for FUN. Since Hee Haw went off the air and Minnie Pearl, rest her, passed away, there's not been a lot of humor in country, and Lord, it needs it sometimes to cut through the hardcore pain of Americana and the "heartwarming" treacle in the mainstream. Paisley likes to laugh, and he treats us to songs that prove it. Even his sweet songs sometimes have a tongue stuck in cheek, but with songs like "Alcohol," "You Need A Man Around Here," "Flowers," and "Easy Money," it's clear Brad Paisley likes his job. A lot.
Like Roger Miller, Brad Paisley approaches a country song from a slightly skewed direction, heading it down unexpected trails. I can easily picture Brad standing in the cornfield telling bad jokes with Roy Clark. Sometimes I really miss Hee Haw. But on the whole, killer guitar, great songs, and it's about time Alan Jackson and Brad did a song together.