Review – Trent Harmon’s “There’s A Girl”

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So it turns out Trent Harmon was the final winner of American Idol. Who knew? I stopped paying attention to that show once Simon Cowell left (even those final few seasons I was drifting off). Since I assume most others did the same, here’s a primer for those who don’t know Harmon. Originally he tried out on The Voice and was rejected. So with one music show rejection down, he turned to American Idol, where originally he auditioned and came off as an R&B/pop artist. Oh boy. As the show went on he started to perform some country and by country I mean a couple of Chris Stapleton songs. The rest of the songs he performed were soul, R&B and pop. The winning song he performed was called “Falling.” It was written by Keith Urban, Brett James and Dallas Davidson (ugh). Naturally Big Machine Records President and Idol adviser that season Scott Borchetta signs him to be a country artist because of course Borchetta would do this. It’s said that Harmon’s debut album will be country with indie-soul influences. When Borchetta was asked about it, he said it would be like the country album Justin Timberlake plans to make. Now I don’t know about you, but I see some red flags here. Based on these facts, it sounds like Harmon is just another pop artist cashing-in on country music.

Nevertheless I did my best to keep an open mind as I dug into Harmon’s debut label single, “There’s A Girl.” And after listening to it multiple times, it’s actually not terrible as I expected it to be. I was expecting heavy R&B and little to no country. Instead there’s actually some pedal steel guitar in the song. An actual pleasant surprise! Don’t get too excited though because there’s definitely some pop influence within the song too. But it’s not overbearing though and works for the most part. The light, up beat acoustics work well blended with the steel guitar. The song itself is about how guys are driven by girls and how they drive guys to do things they normally wouldn’t do like drive hundreds of miles to see them, clean up their vehicles and spend money they don’t have. On the surface you could look at this cynically, saying the song paints guys as being controlled by their dicks. But I really don’t see the song this way and the song doesn’t really indicate these intentions. It’s more a light-hearted look at the age old phrase of “love makes you do crazy things” and this is quite true. As far as first impressions of Harmon’s voice, it’s solid, yet unspectacular.

Overall Trent Harmon’s “There’s A Girl” isn’t half bad. You could do much worse for debut singles that’s for sure. Hell I think this song actually has some chance to stand out and be remembered by listeners. I wouldn’t call the song good either, but then again most debut singles usually aren’t because most play it on the safe side. You just hope for something decent and taking this song for what it is, that’s what you get with “There’s A Girl.”

Grade: 6/10

 

Recommend? – Sure it’s worth one listen, especially if you like pop country


Written by Trent Harmon, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz

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17 thoughts on “Review – Trent Harmon’s “There’s A Girl”

  1. It’s decent. Trent has a nice voice and this is actually one of the better songs on country radio currently. It’s nowhere near as good as Chris Stapleton, William Michael Morgan, Jon Pardi, and Tim McGraw, but it’s not bad. I’m thinking somewhere between a 5 or 6 out of 10.

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  2. I completely agree with everything you said. When I first heard the title and listened to the song, I immediately rejected it as another metro-bro “country” song. I heard it a few more times and caught myself singing along. Then I paid attention to the lyrics and realized they weren’t half-bad. Songs like this one might be a positive step from R&B back to traditional country.

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  3. I’ve never seen anybody drive a tractor wearing clothes like that. And as for the song, meh. I think you hit the nail on the head in your review, I’ve got nothing more to add to it.

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  4. It’s a charming, innocuous ditty.

    I will say that this doesn’t really stand out from a technical songwriting standpoint so I can’t see it sticking to the memory bank. The lyrical flow in the hook is rather cluttered with run-on sentences and lacks the tightness that make for memorable choruses, and I feel like the way the titular phrase is delivered sounds anti-climatic and lacks much of a punch.

    His vocals also tend to veer a bit too heavily towards mid-career Gary LeVox histrionics in the final chorus. I get that he’s trying to tap into the urgency that comes with love making people do crazy things, but it feels forced and unnecessary in my view.

    All in all, though, the production is actually most agreeable and easy on the ears, the lyrics are pleasant and thankfully bereft of “white-guy-with-acoustic-guitar” sleaze that often accompany songs of this fodder, and Harmon is a confident and serviceable, if not gripping, vocalist in his own right.

    I’m thinking a Light to Decent 6 out of 10 for this.

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  5. “The song itself is about how guys are driven by girls and how they drive guys to do things they normally wouldn’t do like drive hundreds of miles to see them, clean up their vehicles and spend money they don’t have.”

    Couldn’t help but to be reminded of Raelynn’s God Made Girls… same/similar message??

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  6. Love Trent’s voice and delivery. I’ve been a big fan of his since his days on Idol. Though surprised to hear him doing country, and while not typically a country music lover, I really like this song and the video as well. No matter what genre he sings it is outstanding! Job well done Trent.

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