Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato are continuing the trend of cross-genre collaborations, but is that a good thing?
If you turned into any music award shows this year, you’ve seen at least one country act pair up with another pop, R&B or rap artist. During the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Demi Lovato and Brad Paisley took the stage together for a performance of her track “Stone Cold.” Shortly after, the pair announced their new duet single, “Without a Fight,” which is all about making up and making out after a huge argument.
There are a few problems with “Without a Fight,” from it’s at times childish lyrics (“Good as we are at gettin’ it on, how come we just can’t get along?”) to the lack of chemistry between Paisley and Lovato. While they are both strong performers on their own, they have two very different performance styles.
Paisley is all about the subtly of his voice and jamming out on the guitar, while Lovato keeps a focus on her explosive vocals and choreographed dance moves. In both the video and the song, it seems like Lovato has to pull back to keep everything blended, which unfortunately brings down the energy of the track.
While the idea of pairing up two artists from different spectrums of music, this attempt sadly falls a little flat.