September 3, 2008
Listen, country songwriters of the world: not every semi-popular catchphrase requires its own song. Some things just don’t really need to have music written about them, and hugging out someone else’s case of “the Mondays” is one of them. I kept waiting for the twist in this number, sure that the narrative couldn’t possibly begin and end at Anderson entreating his addressee to give him “a big ol’ teddy bear squeeze,” but no. It really is exactly what the title says, and nothing more.
Worse, though, is the fact that the song never really embraces the silliness suggested by its theme. There are some cute lines here and there (“I’d be wise to disappear if I had any sense, but I don’t”), but all-in-all, it’s a novelty song without much novelty.
Written by Keith Anderson, Bob DiPiero, & David Lee Murphy
Listen: Somebody Needs A Hug
Buy: Somebody Needs A Hug