November 17, 2008
This is not a country single. Not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s one of those pop songs with enough of a rock flavor to make it palatable to adult top 40 radio stations. The only reason this is being marketed to country is because Jessica Andrews has had some country hits. It would fit in better on the radio in between Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, the latter of which had a country hit by recording one of her own songs again as a duet with Reba McEntire.
See, that’s where we are now. Artists can send songs to country radio that are indistinguishable from what’s being played on top 40 radio, and quite frankly, it’ll fit in just as well at country as it does at top 40. If they’re lucky, it’ll get played on both, like “All Summer Long” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.”
Anyway, the grade below isn’t because it’s a pop song trying to pass itself off as country. It’s because it’s not a very good pop song. Derivative melody, flavorless vocal, busy production with everything going on and nothing going on at all. Not even fiddle and steel could make it interesting.