Single Review: “Even Now” by Caitlin & Will
For fans of “Can You Duet?”, the CMT duo version of American Idol that spawned Joey + Rory, your champions have finally released their debut single. I must admit that I’m quite surprised. I didn’t follow the show to well and when I heard these two won I didn’t know what to think. They weren’t among the names made from the hype and they were out of most of the sneak peaks that CMT used to shine the duo’s in front of the TV audience to advertise the show. Further research also reveals that these two were basically forced together, having each made it to the finals alone and being placed together.
Taking that into consideration their debut single is rather impressive in a sense. Knowing nothing of their vocals or their personal tastes I was a new listener to their song and it was more than I expected it to be. These two are legit, and they are underdogs who know they need to work their way into the attention of their audience and work harder to stay their. For their first single they appropriately chose to split the vocals as a pair of broken lovers who are finally considering that through all their fighting and fusing they might finally be even after their tenure with heartbreak they caused each other, even considering that they might still be in love. The song is a pretty solid neo-traditional offering and shows off the best that these two have to offer as individuals.
That’s where this song goes wrong. While Will’s vocals are a little held back, Caitlin’s are front end center and overpowering. They both blow the song away, but in two different ways completely. They are a duo who won a show for musical duos and that’s how they will celebrate their career, at least for now. That whole partnership they brought together on the show from scratch doesn’t seem to exist here and as much as they are portraying two separated lovers they sound like two separate artists doing their own thing their own way rather than partners working together. So for the future I hope these two will show more chemistry in the studio like they must have on stage to get this far. Otherwise a pretty decent first effort from an otherwise easily looked over pair.