Written by Patrick Russell Davis, Corey Crowder and James Slater
James Otto’s name and voice will likely be familiar to anyone who was listening to country radio in the latter half of 2007, but hearing his new single “Somewhere Tonight”, one wouldn’t even know that it was the same artist who once rode the airwaves with the soulful, organic “Just Got Started Lovin’ You.”
Otto’s deep, rich voice is buried in a bass-driven production so generic that it sounds like a karaoke track, with only a gratuitous banjo line distinguishing it as country. But the bigger disappointment is the hollow, clichéd lyrics, in which mundane repetitions of the song’s title combined with “Wa-oh-oh-oh” refrains weakly attempt to pass for a hook.
For an artist who’s shown such potential in the past, it’s disheartening to see him offering a new single which so clearly aspires to be nothing more than radio filler. But even if “Somewhere Tonight” becomes Otto’s first big hit since “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”, it’s doubtful that we’ll still be talking about it eight years from now.
But since we’re all here, we might as well enjoy the same title used on a much better song.