Two Taylor Hicks tracks for your enjoyment.

I’m gettin’ an A in Broken Hearts/got my degree in Cryin’

Taylor-Hicks-rj10.jpgAs promised, Gray “Q” Charles momentarily left the continuum to bring us a snippet of two of Taylor’s upcoming songs, “The Runaround” and “Dream Myself Awake.” 

The Runaround” may be the first single off the album, but no one really knows for sure.  I certainly don’t see it getting airplay on any Top 40 stations, but I do see it becoming an “anthem” song for television shows.

Hear it for yourself:
The Runaround” (streaming Windows Media Player)
The Runaround” (streaming Quicktime) (a little bit better quality)

So, what do I think of the song?  After hearing the entire thing (as opposed to just the chorus, which was posted earlier), I love it.  The beginning has a fabulous African-influenced drumbeat, the verses have an interesting melody to them, and after the bridge, Taylor starts pushing into his highest range (without going into his falsetto), where in my opinion he does his best vocal work.  What I really like about this song, besides the creative use of instrumentation, is that Taylor really does stretch his range and abilities.  We get his soft low range, we get his growling, we get slides, we get Taylor really pushing his whiskey tenor.  I could have done without the background singers, but now we’re really just quibbling.

Dream Myself Awake” was penned by Rob Thomas and sounds radio-friendly.  Extremely radio-friendly.  Too radio-friendly.  It’s formulaic, it’s generic, it’s…well, it’s Top 40 radio.  If Taylor got Biced, this is the song he got Biced on.  Honestly, substitute Taylor’s voice on this for Chris Daughtry’s, or Chad Kroeger’s, or even Tim McGraw’s (think “Live Like You Were Dying”).  You can pretty much imagine any of them singing this song, can’t you?  It’s just one of those bland, pablum-y, non-offensive songs that are so popular these days.  I love Taylor, I love his voice, I love his style…but this song gets a thumbs-down.  Judge for yourself:

Dream Myself Awake” (streaming Windows Media Player)
Dream Myself Awake” (streaming Quicktime)

Final verdict:  After hearing the clips, I felt relieved that we won’t be getting an album completely filled with songs about rainbows and unicorns…but at the same time, I’m not jumping for joy…yet.  I’m anticipating an album with one or two tracks that I can really love, but I’m more of a “bluesy/achy Taylor” fan than I am a “funky/groovy Taylor” fan (yes, I like them both, but I do have a preference). 

Don’t you give me the runaround, too. Leave your opinions below.

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