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Jerrod Niemann – “Shinin’ On Me”

25 Mar

Songwriters:  Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Lance Miller, Rob Hatch

With the month of April being just around the corner, this year’s crop of flip-flop-friendly summertime tunes is already beginning to roll out.  This early entry comes courtesy of rising hitmaker Jerrod Nieman, who previously reached great heights with the excellent ballad “What Do You Want,” and also pulled off a fun singalong ditty with the number one “Lover, Lover.”

In listening to “Shinin’ On Me,” the first single from Niemann’s forthcoming second album, the first word that comes to mind is underwhelming.  There are more than a few kinks here.  One could call it out for lack of lyrical depth, but that would be like calling out the sun for being hot.  Fluff is fluff, and would naturally be evaluated on that level, as there is such a thing as good fluff.  But one glaring problem here is that “Shinin’ On Me” sounds more like a cheap third-rate demo recording than a genuine radio smash.  The bland, washed-over production and canned horn section make it sound like Niemann is singing over a karaoke track.  Similarly, Niemann’s somewhat ho hum vocal delivery sounds uncharacteristically phoned-in, while the song’s title hook of “Today the sun is shinin’ on me” rings hollow and forgettable.

In general, lightweight fare is all fine and good, but it’s got to have something to make it stick – a catchy melody, an easily digestible hook, a few clever turns of phrase, or a finely nuanced vocal performance – anything.  “Shinin’ On Me” lacks all such essential ingredients, and mostly ends up sounding very hastily slapped together.  It’s not catchy.  It’s not fun.  It’s not memorable.  So what’s the point?

The fact that this song is being used to launch a new project is disconcerting.  Please let the rest of the new album be better.

JERROD’S SCORE:  3
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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5 Comments

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Single Reviews

 

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5 responses to “Jerrod Niemann – “Shinin’ On Me”

  1. Occasional Hope

    March 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    His first album was a strange mix of the very good and the very bad. This is just mediocre – inoffensive but forgettable.

     
  2. bob

    March 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Have to agree with your review. I only listen to radio on short car trips around town. If this song comes on, I’ll be changing the station.

     
  3. rowdyred

    March 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    This is just junk. You nailed it Ben, with your assessment that it sounds like a demo. I haven’t heard it on the radio yet, and would not be surprised if it got passed over for something – anything – more interesting and better executed.

    UNLESS…in the infinite wisdom of corporate radio, this is 2012 “Barefoot Bluejean Night.” There’s always that chance.

    Here’s hoping there’s better work on the rest of the album.

    My score: 0

     
  4. jeanine knight

    April 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I love this song. It’s fun.

     
  5. NASHVILLE

    April 6, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    I LOVE THIS SONG…..YOU GUYS NEED TO LIGHTEN UP AND RELAX A LITTLE….ITS FUN AND HAPPY…DON’T BE SO SERIOUS…GEESH!!!! JERROD IS ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING AND TALENTED PEOPLE I KNOW..TRUST ME ITS GONNA BE A HIT.

     

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