So, it’s happened. After signing with Dot Records (under Big Machine Label Group) earlier this year, Steven Tyler has released his debut country single ‘Love Is Your Name’. It’s apparently the first song he wrote and recorded when he got into the studio, and it’s getting mixed responses after it went to radio and surfaced on the internet yesterday.
Surrounded by some real country instruments including the fiddle, pedal steel and acoustic guitar, ‘Love Is Your Name’ is 5000% more twangy than anything else on mainstream country radio, which is a huge plus. The melody is also nice enough, giving it something of a Mumford and Sons feel, particularly in the way the vocals merge intro the instrumentation in one big wall of sound. But the lyrics, a bunch of simplistic, clunky, cliched lines about love, and Steven’s voice, just don’t fit. Steven just doesn’t have the kind of voice that is going to work with a real country sound, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. I’m just not feeling it.
The track was written by Eric Paslay and Lindsey Lee (a former back-up singer for Miley Cyrus and now staff writer at Round Hill Music), and maybe it would have been better if they sang it instead. The lyrics still would have been a bit cringeworthy, but at least it would have sounded less… odd.
You can check out the new track below.