Review – Craig Campbell’s “Tomorrow Tonight”

You have to appreciate an artist who is looking to find their own sound and carve their way into music by not selling out to trends. Craig Campbell may toe that line, but he doesn’t ever cross into full bro territory just to find a spot in the top ten. Perhaps the best thing about Campbell’s music is that he keeps it rooted in country. His new single “Tomorrow Tonight” steps a bit further into modern trends, but not too far.

Campbell sings of two lovers who are ending when the morning comes. We don’t know why, we don’t know how long their relationship has been going on, all we know is that Craig Campbell doesn’t want it to end.

Tonight, I’m kissing you right and holding you like this night ain’t ever gonna end
Tonight, gonna lose track of time, try to keep that moonlight shining bright hanging up in the sky, girl
I’m gonna change your tomorrow, tonight.

Though the chorus hits several marks found in almost all of country’s songs nowadays, “Tomorrow Tonight” makes no mentions of tailgates or dirt roads or cornfields. You get the impression here that this is more than just a fling in the back roads. However, the focus of the song is the physicality of their relationship. Apparently great sex is what will keep her around, and the song makes no attempts to dig any deeper than that.

The production of the song, though, is a bright spot. The guitars are slick and focused, but in keeping country roots, there’s a faint steel guitar that mixes nicely with the rest of the instruments. There aren’t any pop effects added; the production is authentic. Also, Craig Campbell actually sings the whole time. In light of current single releases from Jake Owen and Luke Bryan, “Tomorrow Tonight” is a breath of fresh air. Also, I think it’s noteworthy that Campbell still wears a cowboy hat opposed to a black baseball cap flipped backwards. With that said, “Tomorrow Tonight” is still rather safe and average and keeps Craig Campbell steadily in the middle of the road.

Grade: 6/10

5 thoughts on “Review – Craig Campbell’s “Tomorrow Tonight”

  1. Raymond June 3, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Derek I’ll take middle of the road these days in the mainstream than bad. Honestly who would’ve thought Jana Kramer of all singers would release an ace of a song.

    Hey Derek 4 things.
    1.) Have you heard Ashley Monroe’s new song The Blade
    2.) If one of you guys are reviewing Gloriana’s new album who you’ll be surprised by the instant comparisons to Lady A 747
    3. Have you heard Kellie Picklers new song Feeling Tonight
    4. Also Derek check out Billy Curringtons new album it’s not half-bad given your taste.

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    • Derek Hudgin June 3, 2015 / 11:14 am

      Raymond,
      1.) yes, I love “The Blade.”
      2.) no one’s assigned Gloiana to themselves yet, we’re still backed up on the album review front. Though the Lady A comparisons make me nervous
      3.) I listened to it once. I don’t really have an opinion on it yet.
      4.) I haven’t listened to the whole album yet.

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      • Raymond June 3, 2015 / 11:22 am

        Sorry for brief off-topic. There’s a lot of releases going on at the mainstream this week I mean Willie Gloriana Billy this week. Kellie Pickler is back and if Black River plays their cards right they could have 2 successful female singers.

        The Gloriana thing it’s just they relied a lot more on the pop edge then you think especially this song. Listen at your own discretion (I think that’s the fancy word I want to use.)

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      • Derek Hudgin June 3, 2015 / 11:47 am

        I’d rather hear safe, middle of the road fodder, like this Campbell song or even Gloriana’s “Kissed You (Goodnight)” than that. (I’ll reserve judgement for the eventual review, whether it’s my review or just my comments on the posted review).

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  2. WillWill June 3, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    Agreed, I am a little disappointed by this song. While its not as bad as it could have been, and I will probably still buy it, it doesn’t have what “Keep Them Kisses Comin'” or “Outta My Head” had. But good review!

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