The song is a wonderfully acoustic, mellow country-pop number with emphasis on the "pop" side of the spectrum. It has a slightly "darker" sound that I've always found appealing, and Tim drops his voice into a slightly lower register to match. When Gwyneth takes over on the second verse, she's more forceful and dynamic than she was on "Country Strong"; the two also harmonize and play off each other finely. Looking at the lyrics, I see an awful lot of repetition and "yeah yeah"s, and nothing particularly groundbreaking — it's a by-the-numbers breakup song, but the execution is where it shines.
While Gwyneth stumbled out of the gate with the uninspired, underwhelmingly-performed "Country Strong," it's "Me and Tennessee" that shows she has the chops to compete in the country music field. The addition of Tim McGraw may give this song a little push, particularly in the wake of his recent smash "Felt Good on My Lips." But at the same time, its sound and not-quite-appearing title (the words "me" and "Tennessee" are in the song, but not the phrase "Me and Tennessee") might make it a slightly harder sell. Either way, I like it enough to give it three-and-a-half stars out of five.
Listen: "Me And Tennessee"
Video: "Me And Tennessee"
Review: "Country Strong"