I have been a fan of Scott McCreery since he was on American Idol…Yes I watched Idol. With a voice that has always been far beyond his age, Scott McCreery is back with a new song and it’s just what country needs right now.
Having paid attention to Scotty for over six years at this point, I have observed the changes that his music career has endured. When he first won season ten of American Idol, even non country fans could see the passion and sincerity that he sang with. At 17 years old, he put himself on the map and made it to country radio impressing so many with his incredible voice. I’m only a few years older than him, and I know I was impressed.
His previous releases, “Clear as Day” and “See You Tonight” I always enjoyed, despite at times having a pop-country sound. His voice always has had the ability to suck me in despite me knowing there are better songs out there for McCreery. They are not overly memorable or albums that I would say are career defining. “Five More Minutes” on the other hand, is special.
“Five More Minutes” gave me chills when I heard it because it’s exactly the type of song that I always wanted to see him record. If you’ve had a chance to see any of his covers over the years, you know how talented this young man is. I have always felt he has been stifled by record labels and never has had the chance to put out what he wants. This is a trend that runs rampant in Nashville and is why mainstream country radio is a let-down and pop, rap filled nonsense genre. Artists are pressured into putting out sub-par songs that are designed for radio hits. They’re catchy, forgettable songs that younger people in my generation and some adults buy into. There’s no real substance and it hurts artists like Scotty McCreery that have real talent.
When I had read McCreery was dropped from Mercury Nashville last year, I had mixed emotions. I knew in my heart that it would be a turning point for him and hopefully a chance to make his choice about the style of country music he records. The other side of me felt terrible because it represented another example of someone who was steered in the wrong direction by a label and was let-go because of their (the labels’) poor decisions. He didn’t fail because of his voice…his singles were pathetic. “Southen Belle” is a far cry from something Scotty should be singing. It failed because it’s just another cookie-cutter pop-country song with a horrible beat.
“Five More Minutes” is a song that McCreery wrote about his grandfather and you can feel the love in voice he has for the moments that he was able to share with him. The instrumentation is very well done and compliments his voice so well. This is a song that speaks to us about how fast time goes by and how important it is to savor the present. I catch myself sometimes because it is so easy to get caught up in the day to day grind. We all want the work week to end so that we can make it to the weekend. Or maybe you’re in school still and can’t wait to be done and sitting on the beach this summer I look back and realize how much simpler things were during school and my mindset has changed a bit because of it. Sometimes it’s better to acknowledge the way that time passes and live in the present as much as possible and enjoy the journey and focus less on the destination. “Five More Minutes” does a great job at putting you in that mindset and I think this is the best song he has ever recorded. This is one excellent tune and it’s a must listen. Well done, Scotty. Well done.
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