We all have dirty secrets when it comes to music (and life in general of course but…). Sometimes we like a song we know we should hate, sometimes we don’t like something we know we should like. We could also have something different to say from the rest of the pack.
That’s what this feature is for. Once in awhile I’ll tell you all some unpopular opinions of mine, judgement be damned. If you also have something to confess, you can do so as well in the comments or on Twitter. It’s up to you. Either way, I’m excited to debut this feature. It will be fun.
Our first recipient for this confessional is none other than the sub-genre of pop-country. In terms of the audience we’ve attracted here (as well as our followers on Twitter), it’s something that’s hated by many and loved by few. For the most part, I myself count myself in on that group, although there admittedly are times where I find myself enjoying it.
Now, obviously not a lot of it encompasses any smart writing or any clever story, but that’s not the point anyway. When done right, it can at least be catchy or breezy enough to enjoy, and today, I’m just going to share some pop-country songs I’ve unashamedley been enjoying. Please note that I tried to go as current as possible. If I did all time, I’d surely forget something. I mean heck, I may have only gotten into country in 2010, but I definitely remember my mother playing Shania Twain all the frickin’ time when I was a kid (not complaining either). There’s got to be other examples too…see? Already drawing a blank. Let’s move on.
The first candidate comes courtesy of Brett Young and his song, “Memory Won’t Let Me”. Now, I’m pretty lukewarm on Brett as an artist. I don’t remember anything on his debut album outside of the singles and one other song, the one above. I don’t know why I’ve recently come back to it, but I have. I like the banjo bolstering the melody, and while I don’t like the lyrical flow it takes to get to the point, I do like the overall theme of having a love still haunt you once it’s done (even if the theme has been done to death). Shit, I even like the “ohs” that occur after the hook (chorus? I don’t know).
Now, I may have liked Ripcord a tad more than most (for a Pop album, certainly not for a Country one), but as a whole it was definitely a disappointment. One song that I’ve been coming back to though is “Gettin’ In The Way”, a song I was probably always ashamed to admit I found enjoyable. I’m not sure what to say on this one. Again, lyrics are alright but nothing special, but it’s light and breezy enough to where I can enjoy it. I don’t know, maybe it’s the melody? Oh well.
I’ve been a tad harsh to Dan + Shay over the years. Sure, their singles from their debut album weren’t that good at all, and for the most part I still wouldn’t say I’m a fan, but again, I’ve been harsh. They know how to craft a melody, and in all honesty I haven’t minded their past two singles. In fact, I like their new one, “How Not To” quite a bit. The whole song is a little polished in all areas for me to say I love it or think it’s great or anything, but it’s well-written song that actually manages to blend country and pop without shoving the latter down our throats. Granted that wouldn’t actually be a problem if we just called a spade a spade. I digress though, good song.
Yeah, let me explain this one. See, I didn’t think Kelsea Ballerini’s debut album was THAT bad, for a pop album. It’s only decent mind you, probably a 6/10 to my ears (and it doesn’t belong in country really), but still, outside of the horrendous singles such as “Love Me Like You Mean It”, “Dibs”, “Yeah Boy” and the album track, “Looking At Stars”, there was some decent material on the album that showed me more than just “boy boy boy boy truck boy”. “Peter Pan” was a good single, and there were some good album cuts in the form of the title track and “Stilettos”. Heck, “Second Hand Smoke” really proved Kelsea could do more in terms of her writing abilities. Again, lots of crap on there as well, but not bad as a whole, especially for pop-country.
And finally Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Backroad”
Yeah right. You didn’t think I was serious did you?
That does it for this week gang! Join me next time.