It’s hard not to catch on to the optimism in Jerrod Niemann’s music.
The first record he released to the mainstream country audience was a huge hit. The songs for the most part were upbeat and fun. They were even a little tongue in cheek. It’s great to see Jerrod coming back with a great lead off track to album number two. Check out Shinin’ On Me.
Shinin’ On Me – Jerrod Niemann
This kind of song is great. You don’t hear too many upbeat tracks on country radio. There are a few that make you smile and even some that make you laugh. This is one that really makes you smile. It makes you feel like putting the worries aside for a few days and just enjoying the warm sun.
Shinin’ On Me is a good song. It’s the kind of song you would expect from Jerrod Niemann. It’s fun. It’s simple. There is a little smirk on his face when he’s singing this track. It makes you interested in the rest of the tracks on the upcoming album.
The thing Jerrod seems to have figured out more than a lot of folks in country is the pleasure of a good melody. There is nothing like something you can really sing along with on radio. Jerrod’s music is like a mixture of Big Kenny and Keith Urban. The tracks are super catchy and the same is true with Shinin’ On Me. It’s just fun. It makes you feel good and you can figure out the chorus after one listen.
The most important thing with a hit country song is the melody. A good melody can make a song last for years and years on the chart. I feel like Jerrod could have a few good years on the charts here. He’s got some good melodies. His songs make people smile.
Sometimes that’s all you need for a solid career.
Shinin’ On Me isn’t as clever as some of Jerrod’s previous songs, but it’s a hit record. I’m guessing top ten.
What do you think?
Chart Estimate: #10
CML Points: 80/100