Recording information: Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio, Portland, OR; Interscope Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Nightbird Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Starstruck Studios, Nashville, TN; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Threshold Sound, Santa Monica, CA.
Photographer: Andrew Southam.
On his debut album, Clear as Day, released by Mercury Nashville, Scotty McCreery delivers the same sort of easy pop-country that made him the winner of the tenth season of American Idol earlier in the year.
Billboard (p.36) - "[The songs] are as solid as anything you'd expect from someone twice or three times McCreery's age."
It's hard not to feel a little possessive about Scotty--we watched him, a remarkably mature artist for any age, branch out and really come into his own over the course of a competition that few thought that he could win. His passionate delivery, and his voice--deep as mahogany, sweet as honey--ultimately won everyone over. So how does he deliver on that promise? Wonderfully. Clear As Day is exactly what he needed to do. The songwriting is top notch, the instrumentation is good without being treacly. Lyrics are honest, and well suited for his position in life and his hopes and dreams. We've all heard Trouble with Girls by now, which boasts a gawky sincerity sung with complete conviction--a combination impossible to refuse. You Make That Look Good is a fun country rocker with a beat that will get you stomping across the floor, looking for where you might have left your Wranglers. I love how he refuses to compromise his own spirituality in the album ender--That Old King James--blending the sincerity of his faith with love of family. Ultimately, this is simply a really good country album, an album that builds on the roots of the music that Scotty loves. This music sounds so good with him because it is music that he has lived with, he has felt and meditated on, that he has experienced and yearned for with all the sincerity and heartfelt need that a teenager can bring--and that is saying something. In the process, he has created what is perhaps the best Idol debut in years. Scotty did us proud here, and if you are a fan of his marvelous voice, you won't be disappointed.
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