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The Band Perry, ‘Done’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Done
Republic Nashville

Not since their debut effort has the Band Perry released a song as fun as ‘Done,’ the second single from the trio’s upcoming sophomore album ‘Pioneer.’ It’s a track that makes the hair on your arms stand straight up as you pound along to the beat.

One knows just what to do after the first beat of the foot-stomping acoustic riff that opens the song. Soon, a flurry of electricity powers up a revenge-minded jam that draws from country, pop and ’80s rock. Lead singer Kimberly Perry always throws her entire self into her vocal performance, but this effort comes with added oomph.

Mama always told me that I should play nice / But she didn’t know you when she gave me that advice / I’m through with you / You’re one bridge I’d like to burn / Bottle up the ashes, smash the urn / I’m through with you / La-di-da / I don’t wanna be your just for fun / Don’t wanna be under your thumb / All I wanna be is done,” she sings during the chorus, with brothers Neil and Reid helping out by this point.

‘Done’ is best enjoyed at an extremely loud volume. It’s the type of song that sells concert tickets, because you know it’s going to be quite a moment when the group gets to thrashing around on stage during the three-and-a-half minute track.

You crossed the line too many times i’m gonna put you in your place / You play with dynamite don’t be surprised when I blow up in your face / Oh my oh my,” Perry sings during the second verse. One won’t compare her lyrics here to songs like ‘If I Die Young,’ but she’s ever bit as demanding of your attention — albeit in a completely different way. ‘You Lie’ is the Band Perry song that previously held the trio’s record for resentment and scorn. ‘Done’ reaches an entirely new level.

About two minutes in, one of the Perry brothers delivers what sounds like a keytar solo. It’s totally over-the-top and full of ’80s flash… and it’s perfect. From there it blends into a fiddle solo, so it’s not entirely clear if an actual keytar is being used or just some heavy trickery on a different instrument. We’re hoping for a keytar, and maybe a pink mohawk on younger brother Neil.

4.5 Stars

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