Jon Pardi’s ‘Write You A Song’ ToC Album Review
It’s no secret that I like Jon Pardi. Ok, it’s a possibility that I may love him. Chad and I had the pleasure of meeting Jon in Memphis at one of our Country Cares seminars for St. Jude. Instantly, we both thought he was awesome! Such a sweet, down-to-earth country boy with a contagious up-beat attitude mixed with some classic charm.
His first two singles, ‘Missin’ You Crazy’ and ‘Up All Night’ play frequently on my music list. Well, yesterday his debut album released and I’m lovin it too! ‘That Man’ is probably my favorite (I’m a sucker for a good love song).
Here is Amanda Hensel’s Taste of Country album review, check it out!
Jon Pardi’s debut album ‘Write You a Song’ employs no tricks, gimmicks or novelties to sell a straight-forward brand of country music. The best songs are rowdy, Bakersfield-influenced jams that introduce the California-raised singer as someone whose tour you’ll want to follow closely in 2014. Even the love songs come with a sharp edge, something that defines him as an artist.
‘That Man’ is one exception. The ballad finds a suddenly vulnerable Pardi begging for forgiveness. “Been waiting so long to right what’s wrong and taste your kiss,” he cries out during this standout track from ‘Write You a Song.’
Few of the remaining 10 tracks stray from themes of booze, women and boisterous behavior. ‘What I Can’t Put Down’ is the pace setter, introducing the until-now quiet Pardi as someone with a wild side he can’t quite tame. The title track, his current single ‘Up All Night’ and ‘Trash a Hotel Room’ all fall in line, but each adds an extra layer of lyrical depth. One finds a surprisingly satisfying love story built into many of his best tracks.
“So I’ve been checking out / Where we can check into / We’ll get back in touch if the two of us trash a hotel room,” Pardi sings during track No. 7. ‘Missin’ You Crazy,’ his Top 30 single from 2012, is probably a better representation of the album than the current single, but both fit nicely into his rowdy soundscape.
For some, Pardi’s voice will be an acquired taste. The 28-year-old doesn’t croon or stray far from the sound of his first two singles, but he’s chosen the right songs to match his style. Country fans who like their whiskey straight, their guitars loud and their country music raw will embrace Jon Pardi.
Key Tracks: ‘Write You a Song,’ ‘That Man,’ ‘Love You From Here’
Did You Know?: Jon’s first band was a classic rock band. He was just 14 years old! Soon he’d start a band called Northern Comfort that lasted three years until the drummer quit. Then, he decided to make the move to Music City.