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Single Review: “In Color” by Jamey Johnson

March 18, 2008

One of country music’s most underestimated songwriters makes his newest attempt at radio magic. Jamey has made huge success with his songwriting ability on modern classics like George Strait’s award winning “Give It Away” and Trace Adkin’s huge hits “Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Ladies Love Country Boys”. Such success as interpretation that comes from his work as a writer allows him to pull this one off very well.

Jamey brings a really powerful southern vocal that is odly haunting and very simple and mixes it with a great reminiscent song where a boy talks with his grandfather about the events that occurred in black and white photos and of course his grandfather states how the photos really don’t capture the real feel of the event. This song is very well done and leaves a lasting, haunting effect on its listeners. Jamey shows a very powerful side of his vocals by bringing out a very country vocal performance that is simplistic but sounds so right that I doubt anybody could have pulled it off any better. He may not be the most talented vocalist, but he is very good at capturing the lyrics of the songs he sings.

listen: www.myspace.com/jameyjohnson

Grade: A+

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jordan Stacey permalink
    March 19, 2008 1:44 pm

    I really hope this doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s the best song on his new album, and it’s so beautifully done. I have a feeling though that radio will pass this one up.

  2. RC Dudley permalink
    April 12, 2008 2:53 pm

    This is an amazing song, great vocals, and welll written. It should go miles farther than it will, but since its not about drinking and song 16 year old giving up her goodies in bed of a truck, it wont get much air play, and that is a shame.

  3. cowboybleau permalink*
    April 12, 2008 6:44 pm

    I agree RC that it should get more attension than it will but I wouldn’t go as far as to group the music that is getting played in these catagories. Especially having 16 year olds giving up their goodies, thats taking it a little to far.

  4. Roger permalink
    November 6, 2010 3:35 pm

    Yeah, its sad that country has become every bit the trendy, bubble-gummy, watered-down joke that pop music is. Here we have a song that is probably one of the greatest songs I’ve heard in years and just because it ain’t some sugary song written by some bubbly little airhead about her crush on the highschool quarterback, it will barely get noticed.

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