JTFTW as “Southern rock?” Not quite, but at this point, who’s complaining?

Via Reuters, Billboard reviews Taylor’s first official single:

Is Taylor Hicks the latest “American Idol” to realize that the quickest path to fame and fortune is country, instead of the wall of steel presented by top 40? Seems that way, based on second Southern rock single “Just to Feel That Way.” Granted, first single “Do I Make You Proud” was as formulaic as they come, in the typical mold of “AI” debuts. And on “Just to Feel That Way,” he emits a powerhouse vocal that goes from coarse growl to cool-guy sensitivity; in fact, it is more convincing than most anything he sang on the show.

“Southern rock” is about the last thing I’d call “Just To Feel That Way.” I think it’s actually a pretty standard pop-soul ditty, but Taylor manages to inject it with his trademark gut-wrenching emotion, thus saving it from Insta-Matic Hitmaker Hell. As formulaic as the song may be in certain ways, Taylor’s voice is distinctive and wonderful, and it’s refreshing to see that recognized.


2 Responses to “JTFTW as “Southern rock?” Not quite, but at this point, who’s complaining?”

  1. 1 juliegr January 27, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Whenever I hear that song – I do feel that way — JTFTW! Oh, yeah, baby!


  2. 2 PayTheDevil January 29, 2007 at 1:39 am

    Country music fans are notoriously loyal. Blues music fans are notoriously loyal. Pop music fans notoriously have acne and hope that RU487 is available at RiteAid without a note from his/her mother.

    He could do worse.

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