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Eric Paslay, ‘Friday Night’ – Song Review

Friday Night
EMI Nashville

Eric Paslay‘s new single ‘Friday Night’ genuinely feels like a carefree, summertime Friday night. It’s wide-open, catchy and easy to fall in love with, even if it’s not exactly crammed full of tangible memories. Paslay puts his stamp on this uptempo pop-country cut. His performance is charming without becoming distracting.

His freestyling over the banjo and guitar riff intro really sets the tone for a fine three minutes of radio. ‘Friday Night’ is a love song, but really it’s an impossible-to-dismiss hook that will rile even the most stoic of country fans to the dancefloor.

I don’t wanna be your Monday mornin’ headin’ back to work / Stuck in traffic goin’ slow nothin’ on the radio / I don’t wanna be another chore to check off on your list  / Things you gotta do and places that you gotta go,” Paslay sings to open the song. The second verse isn’t as strong, with its cup-filling metaphors and generic blue sky imagery. After the first chorus he’s hoping you’ll be lost in the euphoria of this feel-good tune — and you probably will be.

I wanna be your Friday night sweet ride / Summertime sunshine barefoot in the moonlight / I wanna be your jackpot, hot spot / Wide-open road in a candy-apple rag top / I wanna set you free / I wanna take you high / I wanna be, wanna be your Friday night,” he sings.

It’s a great chorus. Paslay has made a nice living with feel-good choruses, having previously penned Jake Owen‘s ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ and Love and Theft‘s ‘Angel Eyes.’ His genius is not overthinking simple ideas that fans will enjoy for their simplicity.

I wanna be your lemonade in the shade / Money in your pocket ‘cause you just got paid baby,” he announces during the bridge. It’s an easy song to enjoy because it strives only to be a short burst of sunshine, anytime you want it.

Credit Marshall Altman with creating production that accentuates the essence of this track in every way without getting carried away with vocal effects. ‘Friday Night’ isn’t a song we’ll be talking about at the end of the year, but it could be one we’re looking for at the end of summer.

3.5 Stars

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