Jaron Lowenstein, the "Jaron" in Jaron and the Long Road to Love, offered an interesting little dose of revenge in his debut single "Pray for You." Although the song achieved only a modest Top 20 success, that's still pretty impressive for something so bitter. Now, Jaron offers a total 180 from that song; on "That's Beautiful to Me," which he wrote himself, he's instead praising his wife for who she is. Even if she isn't perfect.
The production is fairly generic; it wouldn't be out of place on an album from any band trying to ape Rascal Flatts and/or any producer trying to ape Dann Huff. But what makes "That's Beautiful to Me" work is its lyrics. They sound real and sincere, while occasionally working in a little tongue-in-cheek humor; without missing a beat, the song goes from "drink coffee in the kitchen with no makeup on" to "go to buy a dog and you come home with three." It's that acknowledgement of imperfection, as well as the gentle ribbing of the same, that make this song really stand out from a lyrical standpoint, and Jaron's everyman voice matches perfectly with it. (Although I do have to fault it very slightly for using Romeo and Juliet as a reference for true love. Funny how everyone tends to gloss over that whole part about both characters committing suicide.)
"Pray for You" was one of the more interesting debut single choices in a long time, and it's refreshing to see that it wasn't just a fluke. "That's Beautiful to Me" may not be quite as idiosyncratic, but it's still a very well-written and well-sung song, and it sounds great on radio. And really, who wouldn't want to hear that they're beautiful, no matter what?