Eric Paslay, ‘High Class’ [Listen]
Eric Paslay’s "High Class" continues the singer’s streak of releasing edgy, blues-soaked country cuts over more middle-of-the-road country-rockers.
“Song About a Girl,” “She Don’t Love You” and now “High Class” all immediately catch one's attention, but for very different reasons. This new track — the first glimpse at what Paslay is working on for a sophomore album — is more like “Song About a Girl.” Sonically, it’s a swampy Louisiana beat mixed with ultra modern effects. It feels very Las Vegas, which may be the point. Lyrically, he’s much more country.
“Everybody needs one night to go out in style / Try on a little spotlight for a little while / I’m talking fancy, where the food ain’t fast / Two forks, two knives, Bud Light in a glass,” Paslay sings to close the first verse. Any intended “wink, wink” is tough to grasp, as the song moves along at a pretty good clip. The conflict of styles takes some time to sort through.
“We ain’t on the list / But you on the list / When you look like this and you walk like that / Skip the line, baby, don’t look back / Tonight we high class,” Paslay sings to close each chorus.
“High Class” is the story of two country lovers spending a night in the city. It’s a mood song, one that makes you feel cool in the car or on the street. His affinity for the blues is revisited, putting him in a small country group that includes Brothers Osborne. The second verse begins with:
“Point at the DJ, he knows what to play / Out on the dancefloor all the girls be like / I heard he taught Timberlake.”
One gets a sense that Paslay can dance. He almost needs to while singing “High Class,” a song that will leave his fans in a fever.
Why Fans Will Love It: This dirty, dance-friendly country cut leans into blues. It's infectious.
Key Lyrics: “We ain’t on the list / But you on the list / When you look like this and you walk like that / Skip the line, baby, don’t look back / Tonight we high class.”
Listen to Eric Paslay, “High Class”