I so wish the web had video of the acoustic performance of this song from GAC’s Origins: Luke Bryan. I caught it on TV a few weeks ago and thought, “this guy actually has something.” If I could embed that performance here, I think you’d probably agree.
The song is basically a demand for a clean break-up, so you can guess the scenario. She asked for time apart, he granted it, now hints are floating around that she’s found someone else. Very well-trod ground, and this song doesn’t provide a twist in the trail. But it does draw an emotive performance from Bryan and boast a cool central guitar lick, and in the Origins setting, those elements were enough to drive it home.
But alas: studio-Bryan is a prime victim of mainstream country’s current production trends. The charmingly dopey “Rain Is a Good Thing” begged to strip off a coat of its polish (hello, drunken hootenannies and rain-soaked barn sex don’t sound like Disney jingles), and “Someone Else Calling You Baby” begs to shake off its tacked-on “rawk.” This is pop-country, not melancholy 90’s alt-something, and this guy can actually sing. I’m no purist, but overwhelming guitars and drums like this do nothing but deafen us to the power of the song and performance.
In the end, I like those latter two enough to give this release a pass. But please, please, please, someone set this promising artist’s material free.
Written by Luke Bryan and Jeff Stevens
Listen: Someone Else Calling You Baby