Review – Scotty McCreery’s “Southern Belle” Is Formulaic Bullshit

Scotty McCreery Southern Belle

In the world of mainstream country music, there are a lot of amazingly overrated artists. It’s easy to point fingers at Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, but I like to believe there are a lot of people who are aware of how overrated they are and good portion of people loathe their music. One artist I’ve always had near the top of my most overrated artists in mainstream country that never gets mentioned is Scotty McCreery. It makes me sick how much credit this guy gets and the praise his fans give him. Every time I see him get labeled as a “traditional country artist,” I throw up in my mouth a little bit. Why? He isn’t a traditional country artist. Sure he has the ability to be one, but he chooses not to be one, at least with his singles. His last single “Feelin’ It” was a blatant bro country song with a creepy vibe and the previous single “See You Tonight” was also bro country. Spare me the traditional labeling, especially since his newest single “Southern Belle” is even worse than the last two singles.

The song starts out sure enough with an acoustic guitar, but it’s immediately replaced with an adult contemporary sound and drum loops. Then McCreery begins to sing some of the most formulaic, clichéd, bullshit lyrics I’ve ever heard. Just look at the chorus lyrics:

Ain’t nothin’ ring like a southern belle
Those angels singin’ down in the Bible Belt
Well brother, if lovin’ those sweet tea, blue jean dreams is wrong
Well, I can’t help it
Ain’t nothin’ ring like a southern belle

The people responsible for these unimaginative and uninspiring lyrics are Sean McConnell (who helped write Will Hoge’s “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To,” proving he’s capable of a lot more) and Jason Saenz (has wrote songs for Little Big Town and David Nail, amongst several others). I’m shocked Dallas Davidson wasn’t a co-writer. But hey it gets worse! McCreery also uses auto-tune at various points in the song, the first being at around the 40 second mark. It’s only right I warn you if you wish to listen to this drivel. Again, this guy is considered a traditional country artist. I’m pretty sure traditional country artists don’t use auto-tune and it’s certainly not an evolution of country music. This song was made purely to net airplay, as McCreery has never went higher than #8 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in his career.

There is nothing redeeming or anything close to being considered quality or traditional in “Southern Belle.” It’s another bro country lyrics meet adult contemporary sound song that panders to radio and the gullibility of mainstream country fans so hard, the only people who can’t see this are either McCreery super fans or delusional individuals. Perhaps both, as these aren’t mutually exclusive. Scotty McCreery continues to prove how overrated he truly is with this single. He’s about as much of a traditional country artist as Justin Moore is a tall, outlaw country artist. Avoid “Southern Belle” at all costs and really the majority of McCreery’s catalog of music. There are plenty of actual talented traditional country artists out there who run circles around McCreery and you’re much better off listening to them.

Grade: 0/10

 

13 thoughts on “Review – Scotty McCreery’s “Southern Belle” Is Formulaic Bullshit

  1. jb August 17, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    Color me shocked.

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  2. Derek Hudgin August 17, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Sean McConnell wrote this song?! Damn, that’s disappointing. McConnell is a fantastic songwriter who I think highly of, so I’ll make an apologist statement that sometimes you just gotta pay the bills, like Jamey Johnson with “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and Chris Stapleton with “Drink a Beer.”

    Though like you said, McConnell (and McCreery) is capable of a lot more.

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  3. fromthewordsofbr August 17, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    Why I wished Lauren Alaina won American Idol: exhibit A.

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  4. Stew August 17, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    Just to play devil’s advocate a little bit.. George Strait used a little bit of auto-tune back in the early 2000’s on the a song called “Stars on the Water” (an old Rodney Crowell song), and he’s the king! Not condoning the use of it by any country artists just thought it was more of a fun fact.

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  5. Tom (@tom_peters1) August 17, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    I can’t imagine McCreery would put any more than one or two these crappy songs on his next album. He says this is as far left as he’s going to go, so hopefully he’s released the worst song on the album just to get himself back on the radio. I think there will be lots of proper country songs on his next album.

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  6. Raymond August 17, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Let me do a fun expirment since all 4 american idol alum are having new music

    1. Carrie Underwood (don’t even have to hear it I know I’ll love it

    2. Lauren Alliana (correct right?) New Boyfriend the live performance is fun. Also check out a live performance of Crashing The Boys Club.

    3. Kellie Pickler Feeling Tonight mindless radio foddler

    4. Scotty McCreery Southern Helle (pun says it all)

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  7. petemarshall724 August 17, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    I was hoping Scotty would be a traditional country singer and He sounds like Josh Turner with his deep voice. He was my mom and I favorite on America Idol 10.

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  8. Gail Woznak August 18, 2015 / 10:32 am

    I like this song a lot. Scotty is a very good singer and this song is an avenue for him to be heard on country radio. If he put out a ballad he probably wouldn’t be played. I think your review is harsh, have you attended one of his concerts?

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  9. RG August 18, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Outside of the obvious overall horribleness of this song, is anyone other than me a little shocked at how weak his vocals are in this live performance? I actually thought he had a deeper ranging slightly baritone voice that could project further (even though his music definitely sucks), but boy this performance is just bad.

    And yes, this song is endemic of what we are seeing in country radio. Just more shallow song writing propped up by auto tuning sung by no-talent assbags.

    Hopefully the tipping point is coming soon! As I believe we are starting to see the declining revenue effects of mediocre, over-produced music on labels’ bottom lines.

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  10. Nadia Lockheart August 18, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Pretty much sums up my thoughts exactly.

    What I do have to add is that it astonishes me that, in a desperate bid to be taken more seriously by country/”country” radio (“Feelin’ It” only peaked at #8 as his biggest hit, and even that struggled greatly to finally make it into the Top Ten in its run)…………………he didn’t forgo country instrumentation altogether.

    But what’s depressing is that, in this case, I actually wish he did. Because having such objectifying, cookie-cutter lyrics plastered to a musical backdrop that at least has a spitting image of country instrumentation only reinforces negative perceptions of the genre among those who aren’t active listeners already. It only further reinforces negative stereotypes of country music’s listeners being ill-bred, educationally bankrupt, misogynistic philistines.

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    Also, what fascinates me is that his vocals stand out easily in the verses. Yet, once you get to the chorus, the production COMPLETELY squelches them. If you hadn’t quoted the lyrics of the song’s chorus, I wouldn’t have had any clue what McCreery is singing there because his vocals are a painful mismatch to the loud production.

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    Yeah, 0/10. Period.

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  11. Nathan Daniels August 20, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Sounds like you guys just like to bitch and moan.

    McCreery is a GREAT singer. Yep – there’s some auto tune in this single, but unlike so many of today’s artists, it’s blatantly obvious and is in there on purpose. So many of today’s country artists tried to hide their auto tuning.

    The song is not the deepest song in the world. That’s okay – It’s a fun, summer song. We need those. Don’t get me wrong – I want deep, well thought out songs as well. But not all the time. This is a fun song and McCreery gives a spirited performance.

    Make mine McCreery – we need more of him on the radio!

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  12. Mary Ann Parker September 3, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Agreed. McCreery is a fantastic singer and the range he shows on this song is a joy to listen to.

    Is the song deep? No. It’s a fun song praising beautiful Southern belles. Not every song has to be deep – nor should it. If you have listened to a McCreery album (and I’m betting most of you whining on here have not) you would know his albums contain deep songs, fun songs, and everything in between. Amazingly enough – just like most artists.

    Keep it up McCreery. You are talented and have millions of fans who want to hear you sing.

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    • Lisandro Berry-Gaviria September 4, 2015 / 8:25 am

      “Not every song has to be deep, nor should it.”

      See, the problem with your argument are that NO songs getting major airplay show depth—just look at the Top 20 of the Country Airplay chart. The only song that displays any kind of thematic depth at all is Maddie & Tae’s “Fly,” and even the lyrics in that song are rather weak and riddled with cliches, and radio was very reluctant to play it.

      So yes, if there are no songs getting airplay that are deep, then we want at least SOME songs to be deep. Therefore, we have every right to criticize this shallow, formulaic crap. 😛

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