Review – Brett Eldredge’s “Somethin’ I’m Good At”

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Sleepy. Boring. Sappy. Three words that sum up some of Brett Eldredge’s most recent singles. While Eldredge was one of the many who indulged in and gained fame from chasing bro country, you certainly wouldn’t put him amongst the group’s worst offenders. Not only does he have a solid voice, he’s really played it safe most of his career. You look at his singles from his sophomore album Illinois and they’re closer to Chris Young than they are to say Luke Bryan. So I would say the biggest complaint about Eldredge up to this point has been really not standing out and producing boring, forgettable songs. This is almost worse than bro country because when you fail to stand out, you tend to get lost in the shuffle really quick. Eldredge seemed to wisely pick up on this too, as the promotion for his new single “Somethin’ I’m Good At” promised more “tempo” and a song that’s more reflective of his zany personality he displays on social media. And after listening to this song these claims are very much true. It’s a stark contrast to previous singles, as this song is bubbly, upbeat and fun from the start. It’s quite refreshing. The song is about a guy not being a good at a lot and really just being an overall klutz, based off of Eldredge’s self-admitted personality. Despite all of these things he can’t do though, he is good at making his love smile. Sure this is a little cheesy on paper, but the song tactfully has a playful and light air about it. It’s just a fun anthem for the dorky, lovable loser. For some this might be too cute and I can see the song wearing thin after a lot of listens. But for me this song hits just right. I enjoy the message it sends and it’s the kind of laid back, loose song we need in a cynical world. Eldredge finally releases a song that suits him and lets his personality shine. There’s a great sense genuineness that shines through on “Somethin’ I’m Good At” that makes it really easy to enjoy.

Grade: 7/10

 

Recommend? – Yes

Written by Brett Eldredge and Tom Douglas

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10 thoughts on “Review – Brett Eldredge’s “Somethin’ I’m Good At”

  1. Brett was basically Blake-lite, without the TV show. I enjoy this, it’s a bit of a mess in parts, but it conveys a sense of fun.

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  2. This is cute as hell! 🙂 And it’s easily Brett’s best single since Beat of the Music. I haven’t quite settled on a grade for it yet, but it’s somewhere between a 6 and a 7.

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  3. Hit!
    After all the sleeping pill singles a change of pace at the right time. But will fans & radio follow? (7/10)

    The quality of canadian country music went down the drain. Four new singles of more (Jess Moskaluke) or less (David James) successful canadian artists were released in the last couple of weeks:
    – Jess Moskaluke – “Drive Me Away” – MDM Recordings – Released (02/17)
    The CCMA-winner returns with a fast banjo-driven tune. Very catchy & radio-friendly. Earworm & i love it. (9/10). Long-term quality (3/10).
    – Alee – “When I Do” – Wax Records – Released (01/27)
    Modern, midtempo, nothing special. Should reach the Top 50 (Billboard Canada Country Songs). (5/10).
    Long-term quality (2/10)
    – David James – “What If I Don’t” – MDM Recordings – Released (01/27)
    Nice pop song. Like the Alee or Jess Moskaluke tracks with too much electronic. (5/10). Long-term quality (1/10)
    – Hunter Brothers – “Getaway” – Open Road Music/Hunter Brothers – Released (02/17)
    “…working on a suntan…”…lightweight pop-reggae track. A song for the summer. The five Hunter Brothers rely on the strong harmony-vocals. Country? Nope. (5/10). Long-term quality (1/10)

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  4. I can’t say I’m as sold on this as the consensus so far here, but I do understand how it feels to be self-aware you’re being pigeonholed and the staunch desire to break that perception as an artist.

    Thus, “Something I’m Good At” is one of those kind of songs where I definitely feel it has the right idea going as far as challenging what you thought you had summed up about an entertainer and what one is capable of……………..but doesn’t quite stick the landing either.

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    A net positive is that it is definitely true to Eldredge’s personality. I’ve been lamenting for years now how, in spite of the fact Blake Shelton has such a colorful personality outside of his music, that his music almost never reflects that in how vanilla and gutless it is. And I felt the same was true with Brett Eldredge through his first two albums.

    I think what I enjoy the most about the song is its off-beat arrangement. Thematically it’s certainly nothing special: basically somewhere between self-deprecating novelty like Billy Currington’s “Pretty Good At Drinking Beer”. But what keeps it sounding fresh is all the abrupt tempo changes and caesuras as opposed to reverting to a steady mid-tempo from start to finish. And though i’m about to address one of my main criticisms of the song, it nonetheless doesn’t take away from how you have not the slightest doubt it would translate tremendously well live.

    Yes: this song is pretty stupid lyrically. But there’s a fine line between an affectionate, enjoyable kind of stupid and an aggressive, demoralizing brand of it. This song is clearly the former and, as many of you understand, I enjoy a lot of light-hearted novelty fare. When a song is this dance-happy and clearly aspiring not to take itself too seriously but still feel true enough to its genre like this, I can overlook forced rhymes like “burnt toast kind of guy-er.”

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    That said, there’s two things that do hold this back from being a very good song instead of just a decent, enjoyable one.

    The first is elements of the production and especially the mixing. While I’m sure this will triumph in live settings regardless, the clunky, busy, Audio Wars-marred production only expedites my desire to hear it live. It’s not so bad to the point where the song becomes unlistenable at all, but it is noticeable and still gives off this impression that this romp was machine-made even if its origins were at a back porch party.

    And I will also admit that Eldredge’s interjecting is a bit much here and can get a bit exhausting by the end. It nearly encroaches on the point where it’s akin to him jangling keys in front of your face. Dialing down the interjections to allow the instrumentation to breathe more would have been a wiser choice.

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    That said, “Something I’m Good At” is definitely enjoyable and provides exactly the jolt of energy a monochromatic radio landscape is in desperate need of (as opposed to…………..y’know……………”Body Like A Back Road”).

    I’m thinking a Decent to Strong 6 out of 10 here.

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  5. I love being wrong about artists and eventually liking a song of theirs, but I’m sorry Brett. You’ve still only sold me on Raymond so far. The vocals on this are absolutely awful, and aside from that, the only way I can really describe this song is it’s a trainwreck. I feel like you either love or hate this, and I’m of the latter. This seriously blows.

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  6. “…and I can see the song wearing thin after a lot of listens.” That’s for sure. But, yeah, I can see all of your positive points. And Nadia said it well: “an affectionate, enjoyable kind of stupid.” I tend to enjoy these type of songs, and this one is fairly enjoyable. Yet, there’s something about it that makes me hesitant. It’s probably because there’s just too much happening musically — almost a cacophony. I’m glad that the instrumentation is recognizably country for the most part. I could do without the hand claps.

    Given that Brett’s strong suite is his vocal talent, this song does little to display that talent. But that may not be a fair criticism, because it’s just not the sort of song for an impressive vocal delivery. Pretty much anyone could sing this song.

    It’s hard to render a score. I could go with a 6 or 7, probably landing on a 6.

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    • I thought it sounded country enough, in a contemporary context.

      Again, my main issue with this is how busy and mechanical the production sounds. I can still tell there is clearly a fun back porch picking romp under all the overcompression, but it muddied the instrumentation and thus not allowing it to breathe.

      That said, I feel I can call this mainstream country with a straight face.

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  7. I’m really not entirely sure what about this song makes it country other than the label that Eldredge is signed to. And while this might be Eldridge’s best single to date, that still doesn’t say a whole lot considering everything else that he has put out. It’s like picking between Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini. Even the best is still abhorrent. I guess that this fits his personal style better, which is all well and good, but I suppose I just don’t care for his personality then! Far too bubble gum for my liking, 4/10

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  8. I bet it takes these types of acts about 5 minutes longer than the total song track time to record these albums. And that 5 minutes is to warm up the cup of coffee at the end of track 8 on the way to 17. Same pitch, same delivery, same style, nothing differentiates any of Eldredge’s songs to me. Similar to Chris Young and 30 other acts in this male, mid-30’s space,

    I could prob get off my ass in the office and jump into a booth and pump an album not much dissimilar than this.

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