See You Tonight by Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery was still in high school when he released his debut album, Clear as Day. Although it’s only two years later, the American Idol winner is now a sophomore in college. But it’s his sophomore studio album, See You Tonight, that is really showing some maturity and growth. And that includes Scotty stepping into the songwriters’ circle with five co-writes on the project.

At times the album seems a bit formulaic, with songs that subscribe to what is currently hitting big on country radio—rhythmic recitations and party anthems—but it’s so exhilarating to hear Scotty stretch out, both in content and vocals, on rockers like the opening track, “Now,” the intimate “Get Gone With You” or the traditional, fiddle-laden “Carolina Moon,” with background vocals courtesy of Alison Krauss. It’s a sweet evolution he’s made. 

One of the brightest tracks is “Something More,” which Scotty co-wrote with the album’s producer, Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley).

The tune is riddled with mandolin and acoustic guitar and gently pleads for country songs with more depth and meaning: By now I think I’ve heard every line there is to hear about a truck / And I’ve got the point that the beer tastes good when you’re down on your luck / Now don’t get me wrong, a summer song sounds good when you’re on the shore /
But every now and then I want to dig in and hear something that means something more.
 

Well played, Scotty.

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