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Brad Paisley, ‘The Mona Lisa’ [Listen]

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Brad Paisley once again proves that the number of ways to say “you’re beautiful” are infinite. On ‘The Mona Lisa,’ the singer again shows that his songwriting skills are only bested by his guitar playing.

The concept may be a little too high-brow for some — can you think of another country song that name checks Da Vinci? Wine sippin’ and French museums aren’t normally part of the country experience, but Paisley has been slowly stretching his arms around worldly ideas since the ‘American Saturday Night’ album. ‘The Mona Lisa’ works within his progression.

Cause I feel, like the frame / That gets to hold the Mona Lisa / And I don’t care / If that’s all I’ll ever be,” Paisley sings during each chorus. One’s opinion of this song will rest with this four-line, eight-bar comparison.

The manner in which the star produced each song on ‘Wheelhouse’ ties them all together. You’ll hear hints of ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ and ‘Beat This Summer’ in this uptempo, fourth single from the album. “It never fails, we walk in a room / Nobody sees me, they’re all looking at you / I disappear, but that’s fine with me / I feel the same way, you’re all I can see,” Paisley and Chris Dubois write in the second verse.

After the second chorus, the singer takes a minute to shred, and then the song comes together like an anthem, with a cathartic live feel as the final seconds fade away. That’s quite a build-up for such a personal love song. It’s like ‘The World’ on steroids.

Why Fans Will Love It: Nobody finds more creative ways to compliment a woman than Brad Paisley. His line in ‘The Mona Lisa’ is an original that may make knees weak.

Key Lyrics: “Cause I feel, like the frame / That gets to hold the Mona Lisa / And I don’t care / If that’s all I’ll ever be”

Did You Know?: Really, there are at least two other country hits that have referenced Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Conway Twitty scored an international hit with a cover of Nat King Cole’s ‘Mona Lisa’ in 1959, and Lee Ann Womack gave the portrait a shoutout in her Top 20 hit ‘Something Worth Leaving Behind’ from 2002.

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