“Leave the Night On”
Written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
I feel like I’ve heard this song so many times before that the artist has to work extra hard just to even keep my attention.
Sam Hunt works pretty hard to do that. Not as a vocalist, mind you. But as a songwriter, which is what’s put him on the map in the first place.
The rapid-fire lyrics are easy to miss, as all is in service to the rhythm of the record. But there are some very cool turns of phrase and descriptors throughout the song. I particularly liked, “The sun’ll steal the magic from us soon, so let’s take one more trip around the moon.” Also, rhyming “Cali” and “rally” is one I haven’t heard before.
I tend to like songs that are more character-driven than mood-driven, which is why I tend to prefer this theme when it’s done by Kip Moore or Keith Urban. But I wouldn’t turn the radio off if this came on, and I’m interested to hear more from him. Those are two of the best endorsements that I can give these days.