Chuck Wicks – “Hold That Thought”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | May 10th, 2010

chuck-wicks-hold-that-thoughtPerhaps a little angst has been a good thing for smooth pretty boy Chuck Wicks: “Hold That Thought,” the first single after his public breakup with Dancing With The Stars darling (and sometimes country singer) Julianne Hough, is a surprisingly strong offering that manages to sound at once modern, authentic and decidedly country.

While Wicks doesn’t command this bluesy, sultry style with the authority of James Otto, his pleadings to his lover to “Lay back and fantasize/About me and you/And everything we’re gonna do” are convincing. He backs up lyrical goals of “seeing” and “feeling” with descriptive (and suggestive) vignettes that effectively set a seductive scene made for dozens of candles and lacy lingerie, while riffs of steel guitar tie everything together in an organic way missing from mainstream offerings of late.

Although “Hold That Thought” oozes sex from start to finish, the more popular (or, perhaps, safer) thematic devices of love and commitment are notably absent from its sensual equation. The closest Wicks gets to that four letter word comes in promises of “loving on you all night long,” a suggestive offering that has little to do with country radio’s usual reliance on long-term, until-we’re-old-and-gray declarations of monogamy.

It is this disregard for convention that ultimately sets “Hold That Thought” apart from Wicks’ tepid discography to date. As the leadoff single off his second album, it holds its own hopeful promise that perhaps the singer has finally fine-tuned his point of view as an artist in ways schmaltzy follow-up singles to his successful debut “Stealing Cinderella” never fully showcased.

It’s refreshing to hear Wicks with a bit of an edge, regardless of the role his newfound single status may have played in its discovery. If Dancing With The Stars uses “Hold That Thought” on any future seasons, the tune would most certainly inspire a slinky pas de deux performed tightly in sync – although Hough probably won’t be in on that tango.

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  1. Noeller
    May 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

    “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” Pt. 2??

    Tasty vocal, this – and diggin’ the 70s soul vibe with the funky synth.

    Still, can’t help but think this is a James Otto song.

  2. AtlantaFan
    May 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I like the “bluesy” sound of the song.

  3. Cindy
    May 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    So why isn’t James Otto getting any traction? I know, airplay has nothing to do with talent. But still..
    First time I heard this song, I didn’t recognize the singer. So that’s good, right? Progress!

  4. Vicki
    May 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Wow…surprised for sure. Makes me take another look at Mr. Wicks.

  5. Steve Harvey
    May 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Are you kidding? Thumbs up for Chuck Wicks? It’s not April Fools Day, is it?

  6. Noeller
    May 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Contrary to the local opinion here, I was actually a fan of the Wicks debut. It was similar to the Rucker debut, IMO, in that it was highly listenable, if not groundbreaking.

  7. Bobby P.
    May 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Steve: They gave “Stealing Cinderella” a thumbs-up, and I don’t think they reviewed the other two singles.

  8. Steve Harvey
    May 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Good lord. I find myself utterly unable to take Wicks seriously and I absolutely loathe Stealing Cinderella.

  9. Ben Foster
    May 10, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Read my review of “Hold That Thought” at
    I don’t think this song would be used for a tango. It’s tempo and melody would be better suited to a waltz. By the way, I doubt there are any feelings of resentment between Chuck and Julianne. Their split was mutual – it was a “growing apart.” There’s no reason to suspect that any nasty spats or two-timing affairs were involved.

  10. stormy
    May 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    It did feel kind of dated. How many girls go from the dad’s house to their husband’s these days?

    Ben: But it does have to smack a little to be replaced by Seacrest.

  11. Steve Harvey
    May 11, 2010 at 12:24 am

    It did feel kind of dated. How many girls go from the dad’s house to their husband’s these days?
    The whole bloody songs sounds maudlin, incredibly calculated, insincere and coming from Wicks, a little creepy. He looks like a 16 year old done up like a Ken doll and sounds like a mediocre adult contemporary singer. His music makes my skin crawl. I am utterly baffled at what he is doing in the country music industry – he just seems like he doesn’t belong, even alongside country artists like Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban, he seems to belong in a different universe.

  12. Ty
    June 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    simply too amazing.

  13. Jackie
    June 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I love his music. He’s very sexy and funny which is a nice combination. Good luck with the cd – I’ll buy it.

  14. Sandra
    July 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    This is the most amazing song that I have heard in a very long time. Like Conway Twitty use to say… he loved to sing songs that woman liked to hear and what men wanted to say to them and did’nt know how. Very awesome Chuck…. Keep it coming…

  15. GENA
    August 15, 2010 at 9:12 am


  16. roc maven
    September 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Chuck Wicks is playing a concert at The Watsek Theatre in watseka IL on Sat Oct 2, 2010. Its going to be an amazing show and we cant wait. We love Chuck Wicks.

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