5th Gear (2007) Brad Paisley has some of the best novelty tunes around — not just the hit single "Ticks" but also "Online," about a nerd who's "so… 2007-06-19 Brad Paisley Country
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5th Gear (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 19, 2007; Lead Performance: Brad Paisley; Genre: Country

Brad Paisley has some of the best novelty tunes around — not just the hit single ''Ticks'' but also ''Online,'' about a nerd who's ''so much cooler'' on his MySpace page. Elsewhere on 5th Gear, his warm nasality gets the most emotion out of a cornpone aperçu like ''If love was a plane, nobody'd get on.'' Too many tunes stretch beyond four minutes just to demonstrate his guitar prowess; all he needed was the concluding rave-up ''Throttleneck'' for that. But the guy's a vivid nostalgist, and his duet with Carrie Underwood is a harmonic delight. B+ DOWNLOAD THIS: Bigger Fish to Fry

Originally posted Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints