Neal McCoy – “A-Ok”

24 Oct

Neal McCoySongwriters:  Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Brett Eldredge

For the first time ever, superstar country couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are collaborating on an album – except not as the performing artists, but rather as co-producers.  Indeed, the potty-mouthed party boy and the pistol-toting bad girl are helming a new project by cowboy-hatted nineties star Neal McCoy, who is best known for the number one hits “Wink” and “No Doubt About It.”  The album is titled XII, and set for a January 2012 release.

Lead single “A-Ok” kicks off with a bit of catchy Andy Griffith-esque whistling, and then settles into an enjoyable nineties-style groove.  To some extent, the pleasant arrangement distracts from the fact that the lyrics say nothing of any real significance, leaning on vapid optimism and shallow feel-good platitudes.  Unfortunately, where the single also goes wrong is in leaning on a title hook that carries a strong inherent cheesiness factor, with each chorus culminating in a declaration that everything is “A-O….A-o…A – OKAY!”  It might sound somewhat cute on the first listen, but it quickly wears thin.  A few more listens in, it’s nearly cringe-inducing

“A-Ok” doesn’t hold up after a certain number of replays, which makes it a weak entry with which to launch a brand-new project, especially since it sounds more like album filler than anything else.  I’ll still give the album a chance.  The lead single, however, is a swing and a miss.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Single Reviews


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One response to “Neal McCoy – “A-Ok”

  1. Tera

    November 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    He’s so damn gorgeos!!!! (: He can sing to!!!! LOVE ALL HIS SONGS(;


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