Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, ‘Break First’ | Track Review
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill keep churning out solid singles in advance of their collaborative album, ‘The Rest of Our Life.’ “Break First” is no exception.
On November 17, the long-awaited collaborative album arrives. That collaborative album is The Rest of Our Life, featuring country royalty Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. That country royalty also happens to be a married couple, which makes things even more special. Prior to “Break First,” McGraw and Hill blessed listeners with two fine singles: “The Rest of Our Life,” notably co-written by Ed Sheeran, and early promo single “Speak to a Girl.” “Break First” continues the excellence.
After an enigmatic instrumental intro, Faith Hill takes the reins initially on “Break First,” singing the first verse. At first, she’s poised – nothing too crazy. Beginning on the pre-chorus, the energy level begins to ascend, hitting full-throttle on catchy chorus. Tim McGraw joins her on the powerful chorus. The vocal harmony game is strong to say the least.
“You or me, baby, who’s gonna break first? / You or me, baby, who’s gonna break first? / Who’s gonna walk up and say ‘hi’ / Then lean in a little close to whose lips / Say, “What the hell are we doin’?’ / You or me, baby, who’s gonna break first?”
He gets his moment on the second verse, which is notably shorter than the first. On the pre-chorus section, Hill returns, building intensity towards the signature chorus once more. Both show off their powerful instruments on the bridge. The energy and vocal harmonies are sweet to say the least – among the selling points of “Break First.”
“Who’s gonna say, ‘What were we thinkin’?’ / Who’s gonna cut like we’re detention / Who’s gonna admit that they miss who worse? / Who’s gonna tell who how bad it hurts?”
All in all, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill deliver another winner with “Break First.” Does “Break First” reach the lofty heights set by “The Rest of Our Life.” Not quite, but it’s definitely another enjoyable, well-performed, and well-written record. All indications suggest The Rest of Our Life should be a very special album.