Single Review: Eric Paslay – Friday Night

Hoping that the third time is the charm, singer/songwriter Eric Paslay — the writer of #1 hits “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Angel Eyes” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” — is sending this catchy single to Country radio hoping for the best. Does the song have enough to compete on the crowded charts?

Written by Eric with Rose Falcon and Rob Crosby, “Friday Night” is a melodic, arena-ready sing-a-long type of song with a guy who proclaims everything he wants to be and do with the girl he’s just met (“lemonade in the shade, summertime sunshine, jackpot hotspot, etc). In other words he wants to be the one to make her world great and happy.

The lyrics are performed over a snappy melody and when comparing it to Lady Antebellum’s recording, Paslay’s take on the song is much, much more grounded in Country Music’s roots with banjos and fiddles audibly in the mix. “Friday Night” isn’t the kind of song that will win “Song of the Year” awards but it has enough to suggest that Paslay could at the very least eek out a Top 20 style hit if everything rolls right but there’s nothing about this song that suggests a superstar in the making. Then again, sometimes this seems to be what corporate radio wants, doesn’t it?

Listen here to “Friday Night”