This past May, Scotty McCreery was announced the winner of American Idol season 10 and five months later, the now 18-year-old singer has released his debut album, Clear As Day.
McCreery worked on the album this past summer while headlining the American Idols Live! tour, which took him all over the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines.
Clear As Day producer Mark Bright had nothing but praise for the singer. "His voice is shockingly great," he said in a press release. "Everybody knows Scotty has a deep voice, but what a lot of people don't know is that he has a pretty high range. His listeners will get to hear the nuances, emotions, and actual range of his voice."
Clear As Day kicks off with "Out of Summertime," which was originally slated to be McCreery's Idol coronation single. It's a sweet, uptempo number in which the singer looks back on a summer love. Truth be told, I think it would have made an excellent follow-up single to McCreery's first one, "I Love You This Big."
Nevertheless, McCreery's second single, "The Trouble With Girls," is quite charming. His voice combined with the song's lyrics ("They smile that smile, they bat those eyes, they steal you with hello, they kill you with goodbye") have the ability to make any girl swoon.
A song that anyone at any age can relate to is "Back on the Ground." All of us at some point have impatiently waited for the right time to leave our hometowns to lead our own lives. Whether you're a country music star returning from a tour, like McCreery, or a student visiting from college, sometimes being back at home is just the slice of humble pie we need. The song comes across in a purely heartfelt fashion, and it really strikes a chord with me.
I always wanted to hear more uptempo numbers from McCreery during his time on Idol, and he has more than made up for it on Clear As Day with songs like "Better Than That" and "You Make That Look Good." Both selections really showcase his personality and a whole different side to his vocals.