After a stint on Nashville Star in 2007, Whitney Duncan entered the country music parade (thanks to Warner Bros. Records) with her first single, “When I Said I Would”. Duncan was raised on rock and roll and contemporary country, and those elements are evidents on this uptempo track about leaving bad love behind.
The production is a little glossy, and the guitar licks are far from country, but that fits right in with the mainstream audience that Duncan is targeting. Her vocal is strongest when the hook surrounds it, yet it’s undistinctive and just a little thin around the verses. The whole point of the song seems to be to reach the catchy chorus, and it’s that chorus that is the redeeming part of the song. It is infectious, yes, but it does leave the listener hungry for a little more substance after a few spins.
Not a classic in the pantheon of done-me-wrong songs, but it’s not too objectionable either.
Written by Whitney Duncan, Gordie Sampson and John Shanks
Listen: When I Said I Would
Buy: When I Said I Would