Album Review: Jerrod Niemann – Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury
Jerrod Niemann, an in-demand Nashville songwriter who’s scored cuts by Garth Brooks and John Anderson, is now in the spotlight himself on Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, a dozen songs intercut with a series of playful skits. That variety-show format, used wisely by Brad Paisley in his early career, works equally well on Niemann’s debut, one of the rare Nashville albums that doesn’t sound like a cheap arena rock knockoff from the ’80s.
On Judge, Niemann gathers his rowdy friends–Jamey Johnson, among them–to run amok on this entertaining blend of country and modern R & B. The most humorous moments are also his best. Robert Earl Keen’s “The Buckin’ Song” is a handsome fit for Niemann’s charming baritone, and he lends an off-kilter perspective to the racuous honky-tonker “How Can I Be So Thirsty,” co-written with Anderson and Billy Joe Walker, Jr. He also finds success when things turn serious: “Old School New Again” is a fine slow-waltzing ballad that knocks Music Row’s hitmaking factory.
“Lover, Lover,” Niemann’s catchy remake of Sonia Dada’s pop original, has zoomed up the charts this summer. The verdict: this talented newcomer is primed for more hits in the future.
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