After finding some initial success with his debut single “We Got Us” in 2012, Canaan Smith is looking to again climb the charts with his current single “Love You Like That.”
“Love You Like That,” co-written by Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, and Smith, is a seductive, mid-tempo love song that is much like songs from, his current tour mates, Dan and Shay. There is also a pretty obvious R&B influence with smooth harmonies and a modern drum beat. The track opens with a solid verse proclaiming, I could never do it like a pretty city boy, I’m more a fishin’ in the dark nitty gritty boy. After this Smith heads for a chorus of allusions, mentioning, among other things, Tom Petty and a fifth of whiskey.
This track will most likely gain some popularity but whether it will prove to be a true breakthrough remains to be seen. It is good, but not great. It has solid lyrics, but nothing ground breaking and, in a genre dominated by an exclusive top tier of artists, it is hard to gain ground unless you are pushing the boundaries and giving the public something they’ve never heard before.
Hey girl, I’m just a small town run around
I get my kicks out on the outskirts of town
I could never do it like a pretty city boy
I’m more a fishin’ in the dark nitty gritty boy
So lay back and let me paint you a picture