Songwriters: Matt Jenkins, Matt Ramsey, Trevor Rosen
Poor Steve Holy. Will the almighty radio gods ever figure out what to do with him? His vocal talent is indisputable, yet his periods of chart success have been extremely sporadic, with his three Top 20 hits to date being interspersed throughout five-year periods. He reached number one with “Good Morning Beautiful” and “Brand New Girlfriend” in 2001 and 2006, respectively, and inched all the way up to #19 with last year’s slow bloomer “Love Don’t Run.”
Time will tell if “Until the Rain Stops,” the second single from his Love Don’t Run album, will break his trend of on-again-off-again hitmaking. If he fails to score a hit, it won’t be for lack of effort, but that’s not necessarily a compliment. With “Until the Rain Stops,” Holy sounds like he’s reaching for the top of the charts with all his might, offering a thickly polished single that sounds determined to fit in between Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean on any FM radio playlist.
In the end, however, that’s what ultimately causes the song’s downfall. It’s entirely too obvious that the single aspires to be nothing more than radio filler, with a recycled country-lite arrangement and universally inoffensive lyric. Incidentally, this particular song concept has been done before, not to mention done much better, by Radney Foster’s “Raining On Sunday,” popularized by Keith Urban. “Until the Rain Stops” comes off as a tired retread with a deathly uninteresting title hook, such that even Holy’s vocal makes him sound bored by the song’s aggressively mediocre lyrical content.
Will it become a hit? It might, or it might not – You can never tell with Steve Holy. But even if it does, it will not change the fact that becoming a radio hit is the song’s sole purpose of existence, as it’s clearly not built to last. Steve Holy’s vocal talents would be best used on a song whose appeal lasts beyond its three-minute duration.