New York City native Josh Kerr is at it again with another heartbreaking love song. “I Didn’t Love You,” released on December 3rd with Lauren Weintraub, is all of those things and more. Kerr’s seen previous success in his modern Nashville sound with his debut album How Do You Remember Me in 2019, and before that as a country music songwriter for popular artists like Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban, and more. He’s known for bringing a new kind of sound to Nashville’s country music scene, pushing limits with dynamic storytelling and acoustic sounds that mark his territory in Music City as a singer and songwriter.
“You can say that I was stupid / Say it’s all my fault / Say our love was ruined / When I put up my walls / Tell everyone you hate me / For what I put you through / Say I’m your worst mistake / And hell, it might be true / But don’t say I didn’t love you / You can’t say I didn’t love you.”
Written with Emily Falvey, Kerr and Weintraub deliver the lyrics with powerful vocals backed by an easy piano that flows together so flawlessly, creating an unforgettable chorus. The sound is comparable to contemporary pop-rock artists like LANY and modern country music superstars such as Kelsea Ballerini, all at the same time. This variation continues to solidify Kerr’s own personal sound.
The lyrics of “I Didn’t Love You” are reminiscent of Kerr’s own past relationship, with personal references that connect writer and listener. It tugs at heartstrings in a way that can be felt by anyone who’s ever experienced heartbreak. With feelings of reminiscence, nostalgia, and longing — it’s one song that we can’t let go of. The exchanging of verses between Kerr and Weintraub makes us feel like we’re right in the middle of the hurting, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
“We were making plans like you’d always be with me / Walking hand-in-hand, half-drunk in New York City / When I broke your heart, you just couldn’t understand / We were making plans like you’d always be with me.”
Josh Kerr and Lauren Weintraub together bring us the heart-string-tugging acoustic duet that 2021 needed before it comes to a close. “I Didn’t Love You” is as great as Romeo and Juliet, giving us a vivid and heartbreaking love story wrapped up in an earthy, and modern, country music sound.
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