That said, the two big standout tracks on the album for me are "Water Tower Town" and "Dirty Dishes." When I first listened to "Water Tower Town," I just knew it had to be some sort of tribute to McCreery's hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Turns out I was right. "[The song] reminds me of Garner, which has a big water tower right across from the baseball fields where I grew up playing ball," McCreery said in a press release. "It has a lot of elements in there that remind me of Garner."
Hands down, this song has the catchiest chorus on the album. It's the one track that I still catch myself humming along to. I also like how McCreery utilizes multiple aspects of his vocals in singing it. You hear the deep, rich side of his voice that we fell in love with on Idol, along with a slightly higher range during the chorus, which allows him to show off more of a contemporary sound.
The other standout, "Dirty Dishes," is a track that McCreery referred to in the aforementioned press release as having "passed the Mama crying test." It tells a story of a family siiting down to dinner and the mother giving thanks for things in life often taken for granted, like having enough food to eat. The overall sentiment is quite touching, and McCreery's voice as the narrator is the icing on the cake.
Clear As Day is a 12-song snapshot of who McCreery is not only as a country music artist, but also as an 18-year-old guy ready to leave his mark on the world. With his album debuting last week on multiple Billboard music charts at Number One, I think the young singer is well on his way to being a country music star.
Clear As Day, is available now. For more information on Scotty McCreery, check out his official website.