Review – Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road”

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Sam Hunt has new music. Joy. I’ve been looking forward so much to hearing new music from Country Perspective’s Worst Song of 2015 winner. Hunt broke out three years ago with his smash hit “Take Your Time” and has become one of the biggest stars in the genre. Montevallo shocking got high praise from critics; of course not from us. Radio loves him and it’s pretty clear Hunt is sticking around for the long haul. And I’m still sticking to my thoughts on Hunt. He’s just not country, even though I will say he can be a decent songwriter sometimes. Basically I refer to him  as the Drake of country music. So with his new single “Body Like A Back Road” does he sound anymore country? Of course not. He appears to be doubling down on his sound. The first thing that sticks out is the ridiculous song name. It’s as dumb as it sounds, as Hunt compares a woman’s body to a back road with the most obviously cliché comparisons: curves, speeding, etc. To put it simply: it’s a sex song. A creepy one at that too because of lines like this: “Body like a back road/ Could drive it with my eyes closed/ I know every curve like the back of my hand.” Or where Hunt objectifies women even more: “The way she fit in them blue jeans/ She don’t need no belt / But I can turn ’em inside out / I don’t need no help/ Got hips like honey/ So thick and so sweet.” Add to the fact that I’ve said before Hunt can’t pull off romantic/sexy songs because he doesn’t have the charisma and charm, instead coming off like a sleazy bro at the bar. This is supposed to be fun apparently. Yes, it’s so much fun I’m sure for a lady hearing a bro go into creepy details about her body. The cheap “House Party” like sound with some really token drops of steel guitar and organ don’t help. This whole song makes me want to puke (also take a shower) as Hunt solidifies himself once again as one of the worst of country music with “Body Like A Back Road.”

Grade: 0/10

 

Recommend? – Nooooooooo waaaaaay

 

Written by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally

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19 thoughts on “Review – Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road”

  1. Sam Hunt represents the absolute worse in country music. At least acts like Chris Lane and Chase Bryant are irrelevant. At least Kelsea Ballerini seems to have a decent enough personality. Acts like Forida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have at least tried. Sam Hunt is essentially the Drake. Overexposure, mediocre at best, melodramatic lyrics when he tries to be serious, gets critical acclaim that makes no sense.

    Question: If Sam Hunt is the Drake of country, who is the Beyoncé?

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    • Well I’d say Sam is more Drake-lite, as for Beyonce-lite, it’s clearly Miranda. Critically acclaimed & commercially successful, likes to create/use drama (but not through direct interviews), crazy fans.
      (and before everyone thinks this is negative…I like both Beyonce and Miranda, doesn’t mean they’re perfect).

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    • Beyonce wasn’t critically-acclaimed until she released “4”, though, whereas Miranda Lambert was pretty much launched into fame due to critical acclaim (and, thus, word-of-mouth) and she has steadily remained a critical darling.

      Their narratives are notably different. Still, I really can’t think of a specific example of who country’s equivalent of Beyonce is. There most likely isn’t one.

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  2. As a parody or satire, it works brilliantly. Since it’s not a parody or satire, it’s horrendous, and since I suspect this will quickly make its way up the Country Airplay chart, it is tragic. And, once again, we can thank Shane McAnally for contributing to the destruction of country music as a mainstream format.

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  3. But, but, but the dreck is #1 on iTunes & millions of flies on a pile of shit can’t make a mistake.

    The guys at clueless-central are going gaga over “Body like A Back Road”. The “Pulse” loves the mono-genre.

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  4. I clicked on it out of curiosity. Holy shit, how terrible. From a woman’s perspective, if a guy were to sing this to me, I would smack him in the face so hard he’d end up in the next state. Gosh, Sam. You are not sexy. Body Like a Back Road is this year’s Burnin’ It Down, a creepy-ass bro-fest of a sex song that belongs nowhere near country radio, and is already a front-runner for worst single of the year and it’s only the first day of February. I am not impressed at all. I’m going to go wash my ears out with some early 2000s country. “Smoke Rings in the Dark” would sure sound good right about now.
    Grade: 0 out of 10

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  5. I heard this song for the first time today, and I just have to say it’s terrible. Sam Hunt hasn’t made a good impression on me since his arrival with “Leave the Night On” because his music isn’t country in any way, shape or form. I can’t believe I paused Craig Campbell’s “Outskirts of Heaven” (amazing song by the way) to listen to this garbage.

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  6. After I heard this abomination today, I had a random thought: if someone were to create a “worst singles in country music” list starting at about 1990 and going to 2017, I wonder how many of those songs would be from 2013-2017? Probably most of them. With all of the horseshit coming from the mainstream the past few years, would the songs we thought were gawd-awful five to ten years ago (Achy Breaky Heart, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, Toby Keith’s shitty singles, Rascal Flatts’s shitty singles) even be among the absolute worst of the worst anymore? We’ll go with the 50 worst mainstream country singles from 1990-2017. This is just another random musing I had.

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    • There’s no doubt, Amanda, that you’re right. I was only a kid and a teen in the 90’s, but I cannot think of a single song on country radio in the 90’s that is worse than “Burnin’ It Down” or “Fix” or many other hit singles in the past five years.

      I often recommend the “best of” (or “greatest hits”) of Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, Clint Black, Clay Walker, and many others. It’s amazing what these guys and gals were capable of doing within the mainstream of country music. It’s astonishing and tragic…what has happened within such a short period of time.

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      • Exactly, Kevin. The closest things I can think of that were even remotely bad in the 90s were Achy Breaky Heart and She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy. And from my standpoint, I count both as guilty pleasures. Although both lack in the lyrical department, “Achy Breaky Heart” is super-duper catchy. And “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” actually sounds like a country song with the instrumentation, and it’s insanely catchy. That’s more than Burnin’ It Down and Fix and the like can boast.

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  7. That “every inch a mile” line is worse than the pink umbrella one in Sun Daze, seriously worst lyric of the year material, makes me cringe beyond belief, even if I’m a 17 year old guy.

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    • I agree that is the single worst lyric in the song.

      On paper, it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it’s one of those kind of lyrics that dawns on you how awful it is once you read AROUND the lyric as well. Then it just strikes you it’s not some dime-a-dozen road metaphor, but a sexual entendre about the size of……………….NO, no more! =X

      But seriously! What other interpretations can we feasibly draw when this song is so blatantly not about romantic or traditional relationships, but about sex?

      I’d still honestly consider “Ex To See” his single worst recording to date, but this is worse than “Breakup In A Small Town” and “Take Your Time” and when anything is worse than those two tracks, you KNOW it’s a guaranteed migraine.

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  8. Body like a back road? How erudite and classy.

    Based on the sample all by itself, I am glad I didn’t actually turn off good music for it.

    (Now playing on the iPod: William Clark Green, Live At Gruene Hall.)

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