June was an absolutely stacked month for country music releases. We had more than enough stuff to cover and it has certainly kept us busy. Now at the beginning of July it’s the exact opposite, as there is pretty much no new music being released in the first two weeks of the month. It’s a giant lull. This is due to the fact that the universal music release day is being moved from Tuesdays to Fridays, starting this week on July 10. So with a free two weeks, it finally gives me time to cover some stuff that I missed from earlier in the year and artists that normally fly under-the-radar. One of those artists is Clare Dunn, an up-and-coming artist from southeast Colorado. Dunn signed with Universal Music Group Nashville and BMG in late 2014 after being tabbed as a “Highway Find” on Sirius XM The Highway and receiving good amount of radio support through satellite radio. From the YouTube clips I’ve heard from her, she impressed me. So when I saw she came out with a new single, “Move On,” I was anxious to give it a listen and review.
Well it’s certainly an interesting song, that catches my ears I can enjoy. “Move On” is a high-energy anthem that starts fast and remains fast throughout. It was written by Dunn and Jesse Frasure. It’s about a woman trying to get a shy guy to make his move on her, after being just friends for a while. These lines in the chorus say it best:
You’re on the sidelines wasting time when you could be winning with me
All them days are over, all them red lights are green
So move on, move on, move on
Make your move on me
The lyrics are kind of clever and catchy. Dunn’s voice sounds good and the production doesn’t overshadow it. The instrumentation draws you in and keeps you hooked. This song has everything it needs to be great…for pop radio. What? You actually thought I was going to praise this straight pop song being marketed as country? All of what I said above is true if this were Pop Perspective. But this is Country Perspective. So here are my thoughts on it as a country song: it isn’t. This song isn’t country in any single way. The instrumentation, the lyrics, the production, none of it sounds or feels country. This is a pop rock anthem that while catchy, doesn’t belong on country radio.
I will say this though: I enjoy this song as a pop song. It’s not good at all as a country song. Most of the time I hate the pop music being marketed as country, as both country music and pop music (see Sam Hunt and Kelsea Ballerini). So if I were grading this as a pop song, it would get a positive mark from me. But I’m not grading this as a pop song. It’s being marked as a country song, so it will be treated as such. The instrumentation and production completely ruin this song from being considered good. I bet an acoustic version, you know actual country instrumentation, would make for an all-around good song. The lyrics aren’t bad and Dunn shows her chops, even though it’s not showing her full potential as a singer. So if you’re into pop music, check out “Move On.” If not I would suggest to move on from this single from Clare Dunn.
Here’s the acoustic version, which as I said, sounds better: