Ashley Gorley

Single Review: Jake Owen, “Real Life”

June 9, 2015 // 5 Comments

“Real Life” Jake Owen Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne Everclear is one of the few pop bands that I liked in the late 90s/early 2000s. While a lot of their music sounded similar, their grooves were addictive and their tunes were memorable (“A.M. Radio”, Anyone?). As a result of enjoying Everclear, I’ll admit that I actually guiltily enjoy Jake Owen’s “Real Life.”

Single Review: Hunter Hayes, “21”

May 24, 2015 // 6 Comments

“21” Hunter Hayes Written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Hayes, and Kelly Lovelace Back in the days of cassettes, a faulty player would run the tape through a little too fast. It made the beat quicker and the singer’s voice a bit higher. “21” sounds like Keith Urban album filler played on one of those faulty cassette players.  He’s an Urban LP at 45 speed.

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “Kick the Dust Up”

May 23, 2015 // 13 Comments

“Kick the Dust Up” Luke Bryan Written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley I actually kinda like Luke Bryan.  But I still hated this song before the first twenty seconds were up. He sounds like he’s deliberately dimming his own talents, trying to get down to the Jason Aldean level when he’s got the chops to strive for Conway Twitty.

Single Review: Lee Brice, “That Don’t Sound Like You”

May 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

“That Don’t Sound Like You” Lee Brice Written by Rhett Akins, Lee Brice, and Ashley Gorley I really like Lee Brice. He’s got an interesting voice, and his phrasing is always original. It’s like he sneaks up behind his notes and surprises them. “That Don’t Sound Like You” succeeds purely on Brice’s merits as a vocal stylist. The song itself is iffy.

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “Games”

March 12, 2015 // 5 Comments

“Games” Luke Bryan Written by Luke Bryan and Ashley Gorley Luke Bryan’s latest (and apparently final) Spring Break compilation is being promoted with the new single, “Games.”   Thematically, it doesn’t connect much to the Spring Break concept, unless you just assume the events in question are taking place at some beach-adjacent house party.

Single Review: Frankie Ballard, “Young & Crazy”

March 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

“Young & Crazy” Frankie Ballard Written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally “Young & Crazy” is like a used car that’s been refurbished by a crack team of mechanics.   From a distance, it can look brand new, but get a little closer, and you can see it’s been constructed with spare parts.

Single Review: Billy Currington, “Don’t It”

March 5, 2015 // 5 Comments

“Don’t It” Billy Currington Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Jaren Johnston We’ve reached a point where Billy Currington can release a “Hey girl, let’s get down tonight” anthem and sound like an elder statesman of country music.

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “I See You”

February 24, 2015 // 6 Comments

“I See You” Luke Bryan Written by Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, and Luke Laird This is the sound of an artist that’s struggling against the confines of the niche he’s been assigned, but not being willing to give up enough of the trappings to completely break free.

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