Saturday, January 14, 2012

Scotty McCreery Wise well beyond his years.

    

Scotty McCreery won the tenth season of American Idol, and Clear as Day is the country singer’s debut album. Its first single, “I Love You this Big,” made into the top 15, while “The Trouble with Girls” went to number 23. This country music teen sensation was the youngest man -- at 18 -- to top the Billboard 200 album chart with his debut release, as it sold 197,000 copies in its first week. Obviously, the American Idol winner has found post-TV show success; but is he any good? The evidence found on Clear as Day shows that he is, indeed, the real deal.

     The album’s title cut, which speaks of how unforgettable life moments are permanently etched in one’s memory, reveals how McCreery can sing a ballad with sincere feeling. He may not have as low a voice as, say, Josh Turner, but even at his tender age, he can flex his lower register vocal muscles nicely. He may be diminutive and young, but that singing voice of his makes him seem wise well beyond his years.

The presence of “Walk in the Country,” a tune co-penned by pop-country star Keith Urban gives reason for concern. As good as Urban is, this guitar slinger heartthrob is by no means the poster child for traditional country music. Fears subside, however, once the song plays out. It features a fun, hot-stepping electric guitar groove and lets McCreery set aside his balladeer tone for a moment to sing a sprightly tune about the joys of country life.
 
    Producer Mark Bright deserves credit for helping keep McCreery’s music truly country. With his a tender age and good looks, Bright could have easily aimed to make McCreery the male Taylor Swift. Not to slight Swift, but she’s really not a country singer. Rather, she’s country by association more than anything else.

     Traditional country music fans will get a special thrill from “Write My Number on Your Hand,” which is a happy acoustic love song. It has the easygoing feel of a George Strait or an Alan Jackson tune. It may not add up to a whole lot, as far as emotional merit goes, but it scores high on feel-good points.

     McCreery is outspoken about his Christian faith, and his debut full-length also includes obvious lyrical references to the artists’ faith. One called “Dirty Dishes” speaks about a mother’s unusual prayer for the simple things in life, while “That Old King James” is an ode to the most popular translation of the Bible.

     American Idol may not have created many true musical idols. However, in the case of Scotty McCreery, it has helped propel the career of a sincerely deserving talent. McCreery has the goods, which can be seen clear as day on his debut album.

6 comments:

  1. Wow! This reviewer finally "gets" it! Scotty will be big and bigger!

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  2. All Scotty fans already knew...it's nice to see an article like this.

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  3. Good to see a positive article..thank you.

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  4. Ditto. Makes my heart feel big w/ a smile.....if that is possible. Finally, someone is writing about Scotty the way it is. Thank you.

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  5. Great review about Scotty. I think the writer "hit the nail on the head" so to speak!

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