As someone who is only familiar with bits of Sara’s music, I went into ‘Slow Me Down’ fairly blind. Despite my lack of knowledge, however, upon first listening I think most would be surprised what the sound that hits you. Once the song gets going, of course, it takes the shape of what you would expect from a Sara Evans song: a country-tinged pop/soft rock belter focused around love and relationships.
However, it’s the riff that, while the most memorable, is also the most interesting part of the song. Played on piano across higher keys than a lot of other songs, a huge heaping of delay has been added, and I think they’re a little synthed, because they don’t quite sound real. In fact, I had to watch an acoustic video of the song just to figure out it did actually seem to be a piano they were using, as opposed to a computer program. Maybe I’m crazy, but the piano just sounds slightly inhuman to me. It’s very much at the forefront of the mix, and leaves a lasting impression on the listener.