January 12, 2011
Instead, programmers would get the same song in five different versions. Top 40 Mix, AC Mix, Dance Mix Edit. All the same song at the core, I suppose, but when the only thing left from the original is the artist’s vocal, it’s hard to know what the core of the song is.
“This” sounds like it’s the Country Mix of one of those easily malleable pop songs from the nineties. I actually appreciate the fact that there are some country elements – Lady Antebellum, please take note. But they sound layered on, like they were put they’re because they’re supposed to be there, instead of because they need to be there.
Of course, many core country acts don’t bother putting them in there at all. “This” reminds me of a Nashville tourist. You can always spot one in a crowd. They’re the only one wearing a cowboy hat.
Written by Frank Rogers and Darius Rucker