Swedish-country artist Miquael Persson aka Hicks is back with another single. This isn’t the first time Hicks’ work has been reviewed on the site, as Derek last year reviewed his single, “Hayride.” That single, his U.S. debut, went on to land in the New Music Weekly Top 10 and the Music Row Top 80. Hicks is also a songwriter, as his work has been recorded by the likes of Little River Band, Bobby Kimball of Toto and Jimi Jamison of Survivor. So clearly the Swedish singer is turning heads here in the states. His newest single is called “I Belong To You,” which Hicks co-wrote along with Erik Martensson and Jorgen Elofsson. Kelly Clarkson fans might recognize the name Elofsson, as he helped write two Clarkson hits, “A Moment Like This” and “Stronger.” So how does this new single stack up to Hicks’ previous singles?
I think it’s a step up and certainly his most catchy single yet. It’s a light and upbeat song, which fits well with the upcoming summer months. I would describe the instrumentation as folk pop, with the fiddles and guitar combining with the rhythmic claps. There’s also a choir interluding in the background with “whoas,” which I think is a little unnecessary. It’s a little overkill in my mind, but it doesn’t take much from the song. Overall the instrumentation, while a little pop-y works for me. It kind of reminds me of the old Mumford & Sons sound. Your mileage may vary. As for the song itself, it’s about a man who’s always had his heart set on a certain woman, but she never wanted him. She moved on and married his best friend, and the marriage ultimately failed. Despite all of this, the man still loves this woman and wants her in his life. This has the makings of a good story, but it doesn’t feel complete as it’s never alluded to if he ever wins her heart over.
Hicks certainly has a lot of charisma and helps make the song better than it should be. Also if you didn’t tell me he was Swedish I would never know as you don’t hear it in his voice. Keith Urban is the same way, as he sings nothing like he talks. This always amazes me. Hicks may not have the biggest voice, but it has enough character and once again charisma to make these types of songs endearing to the listener. While I have preferred a few changes in this song that would’ve made it even better, this song does a lot of things right. It’s catchy, fun and relatable to the listener. I think it was a good choice to release this as a single as we get into the summer months and this should help Hicks continue to raise his profile here in the United States.