July 17, 2008
Now, Billy Ray Cyrus may not necessarily be known for his understated vocals. In fact, he’s got some pretty effective pipes when he needs them. On this song, however, he takes the belting to a new level. Likewise, the production tries to match him. Unfortunately, the two together sound like a battle between singer and production, wherein neither comes out the victor.
As most inspirational leaning songs go, the verses tell us stories about people who overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. How do they do it? They pray. As someone who inherently believes in prayer, I do not have an objection to the message of the song. My problem is in its delivery. Cyrus’ melodramatic performance, coupled with its Disney score sounding production, overshadows whatever message this song may be rightly trying to convey.
Listen: Somebody Said a Prayer