Songwriters: Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird
We can try to hide from it all we want, but the cycle is already well-established. Each year, country stars throw a barrage of brainless summer songs at country radio to see if they stick, and as much as one might wish to deny it, this year’s crop is just now beginning to roll out. The only questions that remains is to see how insufferable they will be this year.
Despite having released a string of excellent singles over the past two years, Little Big Town still hasn’t seen the Top 10 of the country hit parade since 2010’s “Little White Church.” For them to return with a summer song that comes across as an obvious nod to radio, it smacks somewhat of desperation, and even feels a little bit like a cop-out – which is disappointing, particularly for an act that is usually much more consistently interesting
“Pontoon” is a lazy little summertime ditty that gets lazy in the wrong ways, particularly with regard to lazy songwriting. The song has a bland and monotonous melody with no real hook to speak of, and has little to say except to reaffirm that pontoons do, in fact, exist. The sitar-driven musical arrangement is interesting, and different from most of what we hear on country radio, but it is an ill fit for the relaxed mood that the song attempts to create.
Unfortunately, the song itself is just so shoddily constructed that it’s both unremarkable and instantly forgettable. All we’re really left with is a cool, off-beat production in need of a song to call home.