Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Forbes: Album Review - "See You Tonight" by Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery on the Making of 'See You Tonight'

    Scotty McCreery on the Making of 'See You Tonight'
 (Photo credit: Lunchbox LP)

Cedric Muhammad, Contributor
10/22/2013 @ 6:23PM |943 views
Perhaps it was the fact that I was driving through North Carolina when I heard the well-placed references to his home state on “Carolina Moon” or maybe it was just the Hip-Hop influenced arrangements.  But for whatever the reason, I can’t recall enjoying a ‘Country’ genre album as much as Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight.”
 With lyrics delivered in a somehow simultaneously raspy and silky Southern drawl, McCreery raises emotions and expectations throughout the life of the album.

With a drum pattern reminiscent of Barry White’s classic “Never Gonna Give You Up,” (just slow the bpms down) “The Dash” stands out as a masterpiece demonstrating how poignant song-writing, voice inflection and a simple but layered arrangement can build crescendo and pull on a heart-string.  By letting the track breathe and the instrumentation build, album producer Frank Rogers and Scotty hit a home run with universal appeal.  It is hard to overstate how perfectly arranged and moving this track is.

Rogers shines as much as the lead vocalist with creative bridges and breakdowns on almost every song with some tracks featuring the kind of call-and-response favored in R&B and Gospel and others like “See You Tonight” showcasing double-ups on lyrics that recall dub versions and DJ handiwork from rap’s 1980s. And by the way, the outro on this one is unnecessarily nice nuance.

On ‘Feelin It” the inner “MC” in McCreery comes out, with “Pop tops poppin/Flip flops floppin/Drop tops droppin down,” out the gate.  He wouldn’t win any freestyle contests but his exercise in flow works well, setting you up for some trademark double-ups that lead into the chorus.  It’s another example of Rogers and McCreery doing what they want on a track.

Seven Billion people in the world but it feels like two,” on the album’s title track, “See You Tonight” has to be one of the romantic lyrics of the year and the airy “Feel Good Summer Song” gives us one of the most bitter-sweet, “But now you’re gone/Can’t hear another feel good summer song/The sunshine only lights up what is wrong/I should just give in and sing along/And laugh like we used to/The tide is high/ The sky is blue/ But how can I get over you/When every station is playing a feel good summer song?”
Relationship twists and turns are a specialty and consistent theme of the album - whether the frustrations of being limited to a platonic interaction on “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend,” or “Forget To Forget You” ’s pathetic but authentic portrayal of the self-talk one goes through when trying to move on – Scotty delivers with refreshing introspection, vulnerable yet witty.  And yes, the nice touch of another incredible instrumental outro drives the message home.

If ‘See You Tonight’ is the metric, the meteoric career of 2011’s American Idol continues its ascent.

Highly recommended for Autumn driving… 

1 comment:

  1. Great review but a typo in it though 7 billion people in the world but it feels like two isn't from the title track see you tonight it's from can you feel it lol


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