Luke Combs is a new and upcoming artist that was picked up by Sony Music Nashville late in 2016. The 26-year-old artist hails from Asheville, North Carolina and has the look and sound you want out of a country artist, so it was no surprise to see a major label scoop him up. The first time I caught wind of him was in a Rolling Stones piece listing up and coming artists to watch, where he was likened to Eric Church. I won’t get started on how ridiculous I think it is when new artists get compared to established greats, but hey it did catch my attention so mission accomplished. So onto Combs’ debut single “Hurricane.” I will say first off its structured well, as the song is about an off and on again relationship where the guy is doing fine without her until she walks into the bar and he’s once again hooked. This is likened to a hurricane, as the emotions came back to him hard and fast. This is a solid comparison and makes for a nice visual, despite a few cliché lines. But it’s all completely butchered by the ham-fisted modernized production, which leans too much pop rock for my liking. This sterilized the song and takes the zing out of the lyrics completely. Then we get to the vocals. Combs has a solid voice with a distinctive twang, but for some reason somebody thought it would be great to add these annoying vocals effects to his voice on the hook and the bridge of the song. I guess they thought this would a good sonic complement to the whole hurricane image, but really it’s unnecessary, masturbatory Nashville meddling at it’s best. These things completely ruin this song’s chance at being decent to good. With a more country production and taking away the annoying vocal effects, I would have given this a higher grade. But instead this is unfortunately just another generic sounding song at country radio.
Recommend? – No
Written by Luke Combs, Taylor Phillips and Thomas Archer