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Single Review: Ashton Shepherd – ‘Look It Up’

We haven’t heard any new music from the very talented Ashton Shepherd since 2008. At last she has recorded a new single (due to go to radio at the beginning of January).

This catchy uptempo slice of wrathful attitude addressed to a cheating man is a welcome return to the airwaves, and hopefully a second album will follow some time next year. Ashton’s voice sounds crisper and her diction less drawn-out than on her debut album, but her voice is still instantly recognisable. The beaty production is a bit busy towards the end, but overall it’s an enjoyable track.

Ashton’s scornful vocal is impassioned as she offers a string of contentious words she suggests her about-to-be-ex should check the meaning of as he obviously has no clue, starting with “faithful” and ending with “over”. The other woman (“that piece of trash ridin’ around in your pickup truck”) isn’t neglected either, as she defines the word “easy”.

The errant spouse is also a drinker:

You said you’re sober
Look it up
It’s right next to hell is freezing over, flyin’ pigs and all that stuff

Forgiveness is definitely not an option:

It’s what Jesus has in store for you but I don’t, no matter what

Neatly constructed and concisely written, this has all the hallmarks of a radio hit, sounding more potentially commercial than Ashton’s previous singles, both of which peaked around the #20 mark. It’s also a promising sign for Ashton’s follow-up to her debut Sounds So Good.

It’s not formally out yet, but you can listen to the song here.

Grade: A-

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13 responses to “Single Review: Ashton Shepherd – ‘Look It Up’

  1. Tom December 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

    …as if loretta, patty, dolly and the gods of country music have had a hand in it – what an exclamation mark by ashton shepherd.

  2. Leeann Ward December 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

    It’s not grabbing me yet, but I’m sure glad she’s back.

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  4. Ben Foster December 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I like it. Very cleverly written. I wonder if it will do any better commercially than her previous singles?

  5. J.R. Journey December 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Even though her drawl makes her singing hard to understand at times, I really enjoying listening to this lady. The song is very witty, traditional, and it even has some commercial appeal. I like it.

  6. Razor X December 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I like this better than anything that was on her first album.

  7. Hoggy from Oz December 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I do like this song, although I’ve heard it before. Australian country musician Jasmine Rae recorded it on her 2008 album of the same name. I feel Shepherd’s a much stronger vocalist though.

    • Occasional Hope December 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      I agree; I’ve just listened to Jasmine Rae’s version (of which I wasn’t previously aware), and like Ashton’s version much more.

  8. highwayman3 December 8, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Three words came to mind the first time I heard this. Early nineties Reba. I like the song and am pleased someone is bringing back Reba’s good sound, if she’s not herself.

  9. Susan K. December 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I LOVE Ashton – this just cements it for me. I don’t think it’s good as some of what was on “Sounds So Good”, but its 99% better than most of what I hear!

  10. sara k December 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    This is the best thing she’s ever done. it’s authentic, she sings the @^#& out of it, and sounds great doing it. HIT SONG

  11. al hull March 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    glad to see her back,was wondering when she’s comming out with a nother record she is so awsome i love ashton shepherd

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