Proving to be at the top of his game, Gavin DeGraw returns this week with his fourth studio album, Sweeter.
On this new album, DeGraw worked with esteemed producers Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles), Ron Aniello (Matt Nathanson), and Butch Walker (Weezer). The singer-songwriter sought to expand and experiment with his sound this time around. He decided to change it up by working with co-writers for the first time.
“I was happy with the way the writing was going. I just felt like I needed someone to rattle my cage and try different things,” DeGraw told me last week during our interview.
He reached out to fellow songwriters that he had wanted to work with, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) and Andrew Frampton (The Script). DeGraw’s latest hit, “Not Over You,” is the result of his collaboration with Tedder.
“I really felt strongly that it was a nice blend of what both of us kind of do musically,” DeGraw said of his lead single from Sweeter.
Tedder also contributed to the title track, “Sweeter,” which has a pop-funk kind of vibe, which I thought was a great way to kick off the album. The guitar in the beginning gets in your head to the point that you cannot help, but groove along to it throughout the song. There’s a confident, yet sexy swagger to the track, as DeGraw sings about wanting to get with another guy’s girl.
I found that the album's underlying theme really just boils down to honesty, which is simply compelling. This is a very revealing, yet vulnerable side that we haven't experienced from DeGraw on his previous albums.
There’s “Run Every Time,” in which he sings about being unable to commit with someone who’s ready to take it to the next level in their situation to the devoted love anthem that is “Soldier,” which DeGraw described to me as a “really beautiful sentiment.”