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Tyler Dean, ‘That Smile’ – Song Review

Tyler Dean
Curb Records

It’s probably difficult for Tyler Dean’s girlfriend (assuming he has one) to stay angry at him for very long. The adorable country newcomer has somewhat of a wandering puppy-dog face, and he comes up with cute — if not a little cheesy — songs that are bound to make girls his age roll their eyes, laugh and give him a big old hug and kiss. ‘That Smile’ falls in this category, although it’s a little more grown-up than Dean’s 2009 debut ‘Taylor Swift.’

There’s a girl in the picture that hangs on the wall and God I love to see that smile / And no it wasn’t taken so long ago sometimes it feels like a million miles,” Dean sings to open the song. “Cheer up little buckaroo,” he’s saying. “Life can sure take up our time / Worries sure fill up our minds / Til’ we forget that we forgot / Who we are for who we’re not.”

The song doesn’t give Dean much of an opportunity to show off his voice; in fact, the melody is little flat overall. The chorus is loaded with oft-used “freedom” metaphors like runaway trains and barefoot dancing in the rain. “Baby come on / Let’s get lost for a little while / And we won’t come back til we find that / Smile.” This is by no means a bad song, however. It’s just one that’s bound to bounce off anyone with a little more experience. It’s a little thin, but certainly not offensive.

3 Stars

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