Looking at my blog, I decided that what I really need to do if I want to ensure its survival and interest, I need to post a lot more (obviously lol), and I think it is necessary to expand into other things/ideas because just doing recommendations is not enough (even though it is this blog’s specialty, I am quite aware that my monthly blog posts isn’t adequate enough to keep my readers staying around, because as a fellow blog reader, I am the same way – I need constant and consistent postings!). So, I’m going to try to do other things on this site, but the recommendations will still, be first and foremost, the most important feature of the site and I’ll try to do them more frequently!
One feature I started some months ago was reviewing current “country” radio singles. I noticed that I usually only review songs I like or artists I like and don’t really review ones I don’t. I’m all for optimism but reality is, they are a lot of songs that are pure crap and need to be justifiably criticized for it lol (Rascal Flatts come to mind?). Anyway, I’m going to review the Top 17 songs of the week based on the Radio & Records‘ website chart. My opinions will vary and I will definitely be as honest as possible. I will not post links to the review singles because chances are you most likely have already heard the songs and plus, I’m lazy to look them all up lol. FYI: you should know I don’t listen to mainstream country radio a lot (well, now I am a lil bit more because I have my stereo in my room and didn’t have an iPod for a while. Otherwise, I listen to XM Radio in the car or iTunes when I’m at school), so I may not be as sick of these overplayed songs as you are, so we shall see. Here we go… (this will be a longggg post!)
01. “Better As a Memory” – Kenny Chesney
- Surprise, surprise. Look who’s #1 again. The song is OK, but not worthy of #1, The lyrics are mediocre and the vocals just the same. I admit it’s nice that it’s not overproduced, but all in all, I don’t see what people see in him these days. 2 out of 5 stars.
02. “Last Name” – Carrie Underwood
- Usually I don’t care for Miss Underwood’s singles because radio KILLS them with overplay (even though they’re good, country or not), but with this song, I just can’t get enough of it. It’s catchy and fun to sing along with (I sing “I don’t know even know her last name” instead lol but it doesn’t quite make as much sense but whatever). Musically, it reminds me of Shania’s “Honey I’m Home” with the rocking guitar, drums, and the fiddle. This was a great choice for a summer song. I think she is really talented and I’m liking her more, though I still think she is way overplayed. 5 out of 5 stars. Buy here!
03. “Home” – Blake Shelton
- Blake has lately been hit-and-miss with me over the last few years. I’m just not into him as much. I really don’t like this song even though his vocals are nice. Sometimes doing remakes/covers is annoying because you keep comparing it with the original or another version. I just don’t like it. 1 out of 5 stars.
04. “I’m Still a Guy” – Brad Paisley
- Here’s a guy who’s music I must recommend sometime in the future. I love that he helps make traditional/real country popular with his songs and that he does it while being so cool. This single, one of his other gimmicky haha songs is really clever, once again displaying his immense talent as a songwriter, and his ode to traditional country. His novelty songs do get annoying though sometimes. I should love this song, but I don’t. I like it but for some reason, the extremely unnecessary, but short, whole baby/cradle-music thing that’s goes on the song is like chalkboard-scratching to my ears. I think it kinda messes up the song to be honest lol (just like when children sing in songs, for example: like in “Ain’t Nothin’ Like” on his Mud on the Tires album. Good song until the kids get involved). I just don’t like that. 4 out of 5 stars. Buy here!
05. “Every Day” – Rascal Flatts
- Crap. Annoying crap like always. Seriously, though. The music, though it isn’t country at all, is not too bad and the vocals are OK (but get pretty whiny several times, as expected from Gary LeVox). This boy band continues their Murder Row Massacre once again with this song, so of course, radio can’t get enough of it. One somewhat positive thing about it: MUCH better than their next single, “Bob That Head” (yes, I said bob that head… a title which makes you think, and considering the double entendre and who’s singing it to you, makes you just want to barf). 1.5 out of 5 stars.