Single Reviews

Single Review: Old Dominion, “Break Up With Him”

April 17, 2015 // 7 Comments

“Break Up With Him” Old Dominion Written by Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi Any song that starts with, “Hey, girl! What’s up?” gets off to a bad start right away. What follows is three minutes of a guy pressuring a girl to dump her boyfriend because he knows that she’d rather be with him, instead.

Single Review: Toby Keith, “35 MPH Town”

April 13, 2015 // 9 Comments

“35 MPH Town” Toby Keith Written by Toby Keith and Bobby Pinson Toby Keith revisits one of his most successful ongoing themes – life in a dying small town. In this case, he lays the blames the pending death on a lack of religion and strict discipline in the lives of today’s youth. It’s a different approach for him, as usually he talks about the collapse of economic opportunity leading to the downfall of small town America.    That’s lingering under the surface, of course, but not his primary focus here.

Single Review: Thompson Square, “Trans Am”

April 13, 2015 // 4 Comments

“Trans Am” Thompson Square Written by Nathan Chapman, Blair Daly, Kiefer Thompson, and Shawna Thompson Dude really loves his car.  Like, the way Sam Winchester loves his car. “Trans Am” has a lot of energy and it’s a credit to Thompson Square that they don’t get lost in the shuffle of a very busy production.

Single Review: George Strait, “Let it Go”

April 10, 2015 // 6 Comments

“Let it Go” George Strait Written by Keith Gattis, Bubba Strait, and George Strait George Strait is country music’s Frank Sinatra. What he does looks effortless and spawns countless imitators, but none of them can actually replicate what makes him special.

Single Review: Thomas Rhett, “Crash and Burn”

April 10, 2015 // 11 Comments

“Crash and Burn” Thomas Rhett Written by Jesse Frasure and Chris Stapleton Thomas Rhett’s new single has backup vocals blatantly ripped off from the Sam Cooke classic,  “Chain Gang.” I repeat:  Thomas Rhett’s new single has backup vocals blatantly ripped off from the Sam Cooke classic,  “Chain Gang.”

Single Review: Sunny Sweeney with Will Hoge, “My Bed”

March 30, 2015 // 7 Comments

“My Bed” Sunny Sweeney with Will Hoge Written By Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, and Sunny Sweeney Both Sunny Sweeney and Will Hoge have flirted briefly with mainstream success: Sweeney cracked the top 10 at radio with “From a Table Away,” while Eli Young Band scored a major hit with their cover of Hoge’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” A slow-burning ballad that chronicles the dissolution of a relationship between actual adults, “My Bed” is, unfortunately, too far out-of-step with the culture at country radio for the pair of singer-songwriters to make any new inroads there. But it’s a measured, mature single that deserves a wider audience.

Single Review: Robert Earl Keen, “Hot Corn, Cold Corn”

March 30, 2015 // 6 Comments

“Hot Corn, Cold Corn” Robert Earl Keen Written By Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Robert Earl Keen has spent the past three decades as one of the most venerated singer-songwriters in country music, particularly within the Texas Country community. His latest album, Happy Prisoner, is a departure from Keen not because of his decision to dabble in Bluegrass music— his material has always skewed in a folk-leaning, acoustic direction— but because it’s an entire album of cover songs, and he’s known for his sharply-observed originals. Fortunately, there’s no faulting Keen’s taste in material, and the album’s first single is a cover of “Hot Corn, Cold Corn,” a Flatt & Scruggs tune that has become a Bluegrass standard.

Single Review: David Fanning, “Doin’ Country Right”

March 30, 2015 // 15 Comments

“Doin’ Country Right” David Fanning Written by Heather Morgan, Josh Osborne, and Jimmy Robbins Seems safe to bet that the irony of this single’s title is lost on everyone involved in inflicting it upon a genre that keeps finding ever-more horrifying ways to embarrass itself.

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