My Kind of Country

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Single Review: Jamey Johnson – ‘My Way To You’

jameyAfter constantly hearing amazing things about Jamey Johnson’s sophomore album, That Lonesome Song, I had to buy it. I enjoyed most of it, but it didn’t quite blow me away like I thought it would. Now, hearing about his new single, I heard similar hype, but I didn’t quite believe it all. From what I read, it sounded like a bland and inspirational song that sounds like all the other garbage on the radio, but I’m glad to say I was pleasantly surprised.

The lyrics might be unoriginal with clichéd lines about burning bridges, chasing dreams and wrong roads, but it manages to be a good song (No, a great song!) despite all that. With a quiet steel guitar intro, leading into a dark backing track that is undeniably country, it’s the gritty sort of song that never gets on radio these days. Acoustic guitar, steel guitar and organ all combine together to make the song something special. The song is also believable because Jamey’s been this low and this song sounds like the kind of revelation to get him back on track- we all know he’s been there. For the most part, his vocal performance is full of emotion and perfectly suited to this song.

I only have one problem with this song: the middle section. After the second rendition of the chorus, an annoying electric guitar solo comes in and trails a whole mess of bombast behind it. It’s too loud and just unnecessary, and strains Jamey’s voice way too much. However,after a minute, the song fades back into being the quieter, better track it was before the bridge. If the production just stayed dialed back the way the beginning was, this song would be my new favorite song, but it just gets too loud for me.

This song is great, one of the best songs I’ve heard on country radio that I’ve heard in a while, but it’s too loud while saying a tiny bit too little. I think Jamey’s better than this, and I hope his upcoming album is more like the first 2.5 minutes of this song.

Grade: B+

Written by: Jamey Johnson and Charlie Midnight

For today (August 3rd) only, go to Jamey’s website and download “My Way To You” for free.

4 responses to “Single Review: Jamey Johnson – ‘My Way To You’

  1. Occasional Hope August 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    This is a bit disappointing coming from Jamey.

    • Chris August 3, 2009 at 8:24 pm

      Exactly. I just felt I couldn’t give it an “A” grade because it’s too cliche and the production almost gets to Rascal Flatts-level bombast. Those are 2 things I hate the most.

      • Leeann Ward August 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm

        Agreed, Chris. I find that he has a problem with tasteful guitar work at times, actually. This song is good, but could be a lot better and the eighties guitar solo is pretty much enough to ruin a good song for me.

  2. Lanibug August 4, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I was disappointed that he did not do this song when I saw him in concert this past weekend, but I am still quite a huge fan of him and this song…

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