Remember a few years ago when Jerrod Niemann was a fairly under the radar artist? He was known for two minor hits, “Lover, Lover” and “One More Drinkin’ Song.” Both songs are pretty tolerable to both traditional and pop country fans. After this he released two albums, one titled Free The Music in 2012 and one titled Yellow Brick Road in 2013. Neither received much attention from the fans or media outlets. All of the sudden Niemann realized he was coming close to being completely irrelevant. Out of this desperation, I can imagine that one day he went down to Music Row headquarters in search of the king of Big Machine, Scott Borchetta. Once he found Borchetta he got down on his knees, spread his arms open and said, “Make me popular. Do whatever you want to me.” They then made the album High Noon.
The first single of that album was “Drink to That All Night,” which without the remix was already in the bottom five country songs of 2014. This song has found great success, both on the charts (peaked at #5 on the Billboard Country Digital Songs chart) and on the radio (you will hear this song once a day flipping through country stations). He then followed it up with arguably one of the worst country songs ever and easily the worst of 2014, “Donkey.” This song hasn’t found as much success thankfully. And no I will not be doing a review on this monstrosity. Some accidents speak for themselves. So now he’s going back to the well with his first single by doing a remix of it with the remix king, Pitbull. Yes, we now have a country song that has Pitbull in it (nothing against him, but he’s not country). This speaks volumes to how low the bar has been lowered in mainstream country music.
What can I say about this song? There is absolutely nothing good about it and everything about it is wrong. I can’t find one redeemable quality about it. The song shouldn’t even be categorized as country music. It should under the electronic genre. And this song wouldn’t even qualify as good under that genre. Yes, there can be good electronic songs (go listen to Lindsey Stirling’s latest album). So with nothing good about this song, let’s talk about everything wrong about it. We’ll hit the main points because it would take a while to cover everything wrong with it. First off the sound is nothing but EDM and garbage dance noises. This is accompanied by Niemann’s outrageously auto-tuned voice and Pitbull making garbled noises. Lyrically the song has your run of the mill clichés about drinking and partying all night. The phrase “drink to that all night” is repeated over and over until the point you never want to drink all night ever again. Did I mention Pitbull is rapping in the song too? I think you get the point that this is garbage.
One surprising thing that has come from this is the backlash from fans about this remix via iTunes. Apparently bro country and pop country fans don’t even like this crap. Even they have line that they feel Niemann crossed. Take a look for yourself:
Look at all of those one star reviews and that blatant product placement of a Ford truck. This song isn’t even in the top 100 of iTunes at the moment after having a lot of hype surrounding it. So this is a little encouraging to see.
Is this the worst song of 2014? So far, yes. And it’s deserving of the lowest honor here at Country Perspective.