Chase Rice, ‘Lions’ | Track Review
Country artist Chase Rice expands the palette on “Lions,” the second single from his third studio album, ‘Lambs & Lions’ (November 17).
It’s been rough sailing for Chase Rice as of late. The singles released in advance of his third studio album, Lambs & Lions have fallen “flat as a pancake.” Originally, album number three was due to be released September 29. That didn’t come to pass. Now with a new November release date, Rice dropped an energetic new single, “Lions.”
“Lions” opens with the combination of organ and guitar. During an interlude that incorporates The Lord’s Prayer, there’s an unsettling edge. This definitely captures the attention of the listener. Following the interlude, the edginess remains as the song begins. Chase Rice sings with attitude. He’s not over aggressive – he doesn’t force it – but he has some bite, just like the lions he sings about. The production considers and incorporates country, but also features elements of rock and electronica. The music alone makes “Lions” interesting.
There are cons in addition to the pros. “Lions” is a bit off-putting, at least initially. There’s plenty to embrace, yet it’s not your standard country joint. Traditionalists may wrinkle up their noses, despite incorporating ample country cues in addition to the eclectic, expanded palette. Arguably, the music stands out more than the lyrics, given the care put into the production. It’s not that Rice or the songwriters lay an egg in the least, but c’mon – rock, country, and electronic music? That commands the most attention right there!
All said and done, “Lions” is an attention-getter if nothing else. The roaring nature of “Lions” is intriguing, finding Chase Rice showing attitude, bite, and personality. This is a song that improves after a couple of listens. To his credit, Rice rejuvenates some of the personality that made “Ready, Set, Roll” a hit. Does this eclipse that particularly song? Not quite, but there’s more potential here compared to some of the other singles Rice has released as of late.