Scotty McCreery is known for his catchy feel-good love
songs, and this song is certainly no exception. ‘See You Tonight’ is his first
non-Holiday single since ‘Water Tower Town’ last year, and it’s been long
overdue. The direction they appear to be going in with this is one that takes
influence from Luke Bryan, and seeing as Scotty is still lacking a top 10
country hit under his belt, I can’t blame them for wanting to follow in the
footsteps of the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year.
‘See You Tonight’ is more country pop than Scotty’s previous
releases, but his trademark deep country drawl is still evident, gliding over
the top of mandolins and guitars that are held together by a solid drum beat.
This song screams summer, and that’s clearly what they’re aiming for, even
including a little mandolin instrumental at the end, punctuated by gentle
guitar licks and a tinkering of piano. It’s built from simple chords, sweet-sounding
verses, and rockier elements to pack the chorus with a punch.
Lyrically it’s a love song, that beginning-of-relationship
type that is so popular in country, highlighting all the possibilities for the
future. It’s fairly youth-orientated in its approach, and will appeal to Scotty’s
fanbase of teenage girls, and just about manages to escape the feeling of generic
that often haunts this type of song. I’m not sure if it’ll reach number one;
that accolade tends to be shared around the biggest artists, and a few novelty
smash hits. However, what I am sure of is that this song will put Scotty back
on the map for a lot of people. I’m hoping for a more regular output of singles
that’ll see Scotty rise up the radar, and with the right promotion among its
target audience, ‘See You Tonight’ should reach the top 10. It certainly
follows musical trends in country, reaches the youth market, and is catchy,
sweet and summery enough to have a good few months.
I’m hoping that his new album will have more traditional
sounds on there as well, but ‘See You Tonight’ is a great way to kick things off
and I wish Scotty the best of luck.
You can listen to ‘See You Tonight’ here: