“Mean to Me”
Written by Scooter Carusoe and Brett Eldredge
Winning a major award seems as good a time as any to pay closer attention to an artist. Brett Eldredge collected his New Artist award at last week’s CMA Awards while his current hit, “Mean to Me”, was already ascending the charts.
Let’s get real here. We know going in that nothing can happen in 3 minutes and 50 seconds to make us say, “Hey, he totally deserved to win over Brandy Clark.” But “Mean to Me” does indicate that he’s a lot closer to Dierks Bentley or Kip Moore than he is to any of the interchangeable C-list acts that are singing about drinking and girls with their bare feet on the dashboard.
He’s got a voice that is deep enough to keep his limited range interesting, and while the song itself amounts to little more than a happier days prequel to Blake Shelton’s “It Would Be You”, it is a pleasant slice of filler anyway. Only time will tell if he’ll be around long enough that we won’t have to Google-check the spelling of his last name every time we have to write about him.