July 7, 2012
Let’s make it mandatory for all new country singles to have arrangements like the ones on Jerrod Niemann records. While we’re at it, let’s keep Zac Brown Band on retainer, too.
At least that way all of the songs will be interesting to listen to, even if the lyrics are banal and the vocals can’t be saved by Auto-tune.
I’d be happy just listening to Jerrod Niemann’s new single as an instrumental, but thankfully, Niemann also has a laid-back lyric and personable vocal performance to go with the cool instrumentation.
Let’s go down the checklist:
- Decent Song
- Good Vocal Performance
- Effective Production
- Minimal Noise
It’s got all of the necessary components of a 2012 country single that’s actually listenable. I’d say he cleared the bar by a wide margin, but it’s so far underground now that it’s impossible to measure the distance.
Written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, Lance Miller, and Jerrod Niemann
Listen: Shinin’ on Me