Single Review: Tim McGraw, “Lookin’ for that Girl”


January 20, 2014

Tim McGraw Lookin' for That GirlIt’s hard for me to not like a song that uses “Funky Cold Medina” and “Strawberry Wine” as adjectives.

But mission accomplished, thanks to a plodding mid-tempo groove that never gets out of first gear, and a grating vocoder effect that should’ve been left behind with “Felt Good on My Lips.”

Come on, Tim McGraw.  You’re Tim McGraw.  You took Bruce Robison and Rodney Crowell songs to number one.   Can’t you find some other should’ve been hits from days gone by, instead of recording weak sauce like this?

Tim McGraw used to be the gold standard.  I’m looking for that guy, that guy, that guy.

Written by Mark Irwin, Jimmy Slater, and Chris Tompkins

Grade: D

Listen:  Lookin’ for that Girl 

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  1. Noah EatonNo Gravatar says:

    You were way too generous to this release, Kevin, even giving it a grade of D! ;)

    This is easily a sprinting contender for “Worst Single of the Year” alongside the latest from Florida-Georgia Line (“This Is How We Roll”)…….despite only being January. From atrocious lyrics that ring like lame attempts to mash “She’s Country” with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ad-libbing (“She keeps my dreams in her blue jeans…”, “she’s a sugar-sweet drive-by”, “body like a honey-comb”, etc.) to astounding and confounding amounts of Auto-Tune to weak sauce hip-hop production with nary a trace of any instrumentation remotely “country”…………this is a failure in every sense of the word (and I’m pretty sure listeners will agree when they inevitably turn this down as they did “Truck Yeah”).

    And don’t get me started on the bizarre lyric: “South Georgia Mississippi chick.” WHERE the frick IS this girl from, Irwin, Slater and Tompkins? You can’t have it both ways! -__- -__- -__-

    A flaming F from me.

  2. Michael A.No Gravatar says:

    Loving all the reviews from the last couple weeks. Thanks guys!

  3. bobNo Gravatar says:

    Disappointing. D seems right.

  4. Markus MeyerNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed with Michael, love all the reviews.

    This is easily an ‘F’ from me. Right up there with “Truck Yeah” quality wise.

    Seriously, everything about it is cringe worth.

  5. Motown MikeNo Gravatar says:

    It really took three people to sitdown together and right this garbage? Yeeeeeeeeessssh!!!

  6. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    You have the feeling this is going to be a lousy year for the country music genre when grades below C are being given to singles with such frequency just 21 days in.

  7. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    Would have been a flat F from me. This song hurts my head.

  8. Noah EatonNo Gravatar says:

    All I know is, I’m banking on Weird Al Yankovic’s vastly-more enjoyable parody of this in the wing:

    “Lookin’ For Fat Girls”


  9. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just dreadful
    While I was never a big Tim McGraw fan, he did make many records I liked. I wonder whatever happened to THAT Tim McGraw

  10. Tara SeetharamNo Gravatar says:

    This is appalling.

  11. TomNo Gravatar says:

    …i blame it to wearing a plastic hat all these years.

  12. GloriaNo Gravatar says:

    Lol!! I’ve always thought his hat looked plastic! Glad it wasn’t just me! I just don’t know what to say about this song!

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