Dan + Shay made it through the challenge of carrying momentum over from a first album to a second album. These guys are showing that they’re just getting started.
It was about 15 years or so ago when Rascal Flatts successfully got bigger with their second record. And these guys remind me of Rascal Flatts in a good way.
Dan + Shay are coming off a #1 hit with their first single from this second album. Let’s look at the next single. To me, it sounds like their best song yet.
How Not To – Dan + Shay
This is a sad song. I think it’s a breakup song. But it could be about any kind of loss in life. You can hear the pain the vocals. The guy has lost the girl for whatever the reason and he knows that it’s time to move on. He knows that.
The thing is, though, that he doesn’t know how not to love her. He doesn’t know how to change his days and his routines so that he’s not thinking of her all the time. He’s not sure how to go through the motions and get through it all without spending time with her.
You can tell that he doesn’t want to do those things.
This is such a common feeling if you’re going through a breakup or a loss. It’s obviously especially difficult if you weren’t the one that wanted things to end.
It’s all wrapped up in a great track with great production and great melodies. This one should be a smash hit. I think it’s their best one yet.
What do you think?
Chart Estimate: #1
CML Points: 88/100