“In Style Again” by Jim Ed Brown

Grade: C-

With a history of writing and recording that includes such classics as “Pop a Top,” “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” you might expect that Jim Ed Brown would be content to sit back and enjoy his Opry residency. Instead, he’s choosing to release a new single—“In Style Again.”

Vocally, the legend remains harmoniously consistent and Bobby Bare’s production is in keeping with the classic tone of the song; however, the arrangement does tend to plod along, much like a dirge.

Lyrically, the song is a plea that the singer become relevant again—the implication being to the country music format:

I’d like to be in style again someday /
No one wants to feel like they’ve been thrown away /
Yes, nothing lasts forever, but it hurts to be replaced by a younger, fresher pretty face. 

But sadly, the combination of the lethargic tempo and the almost whining lyric creates a tone of desperation.

It practically seems contradictory to someone like Jim Ed, who is still incredibly handsome, talented and vital at the age of 79.

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