Josh Turner – “All Over Me”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | April 15th, 2010

josh-turner-all-over-meSongwriters: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip.

As per usual, country radio has seen a recent influx of seasonal singles meant to conjure up smells of sunscreen, sights of swimsuits and plenty of summertime sentiment.

What’s different this year, however, is that tunes such as James Otto’s “Groovy Little Summer Song,” Easton Corbin’s “Roll With It” and Josh Turner’s new single “All Over Me” manage to bring the froth and fun these songs require without completely succumbing to tired instrumental and lyrical clichés. Each of these perfectly mainstream songs finds an easy pocket that is safe and expected but far from boring.

Case in point: The musical introduction of Turner’s second single off his latest album Haywire is an intriguing mash-up of guitar and piano that sounds like it was thrown together in the corner of a smoky piano bar. This preamble will stand out in the current radio landscape and catch listeners’ ears with its sheer individuality.

After these opening notes, “All Over Me” morphs into a tune that’s decidedly, completely and comfortably Turner. By speaking directly to his bare-footed lover, Turner offers up a private snapshot into their relationship that seems more intimate and engaging than a third-person recount could offer.

This technique has been the foundation of many of his most successful songs, from “Long Black Train” (”You can look to the skies/You can find redemption staring back into your eyes”) to “Why Don’t We Just Dance” (“Baby why don’t you go put your best dress on“).

The lyrics here are simple and, at times, frustratingly derivative: Phrases such as ”Bring on the sunshine/Bring on a good time/Girl, let me look at you” don’t offer up anything new or insightful, but still manage to complement the tune’s overall theme and sound.

After making his name on “Long Black Train”–a deceptively dark tune about temptation and evil–the disconnect between his friskier bouts with love and sexuality on tunes such as “Your Man,” “Firecracker” and, now, “All Over Me” could be disconcerting for some listeners. However, references to string bikinis and a Def Leppard-esque request to his lover to pour her love all over him work in the easy, groovy context of this celebration of summer.

Turner could sing the phonebook and garner praise for his sultry styling of its thousands of “Smith” entries, which makes matching his vocals with worthy material a sometimes-daunting task. While “All Over Me” is another tune in a string of carefree, beach-worthy country songs, its low-key subject matter and unique treatment contrasts well with the singer’s signature Coppertone baritone.

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  1. Steve Harvey
    April 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I think Turner is coasting on his pipes.

    But boy, are they sweet pipes.

  2. Ben Foster
    April 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I didn’t really like “All Over Me.” I thought it sounded too bland and generic – nothing really special about it. Besides that, if I hear the word “bikini” in a country song one more time, I think I might choke someone.

  3. Nicolas
    April 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I love Josh Turner’s voice, definitely my favorite for male country vocalists <3 Pretty good song from a fantastic album

  4. Thomas
    April 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    …he sounds as exited about the prospect of going to the beach with his girl like one of these guys that they show in the news when a hurricane blows them across the street into the gutter. probably, the only great vocalist who can’t sing a song the way it’s meant to be sung.
    and i still haven’t figured out what went wrong when he recorded “your man”.

  5. Clemson Brad
    April 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Good gosh! Another Davidson and Rhett Akins cut!?!? These guys have become multi-millionaries in the last year or two…every song on the radio now was written by them

  6. Rick
    April 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Karlie said: “After making his name on “Long Black Train”–a deceptively dark tune about temptation and evil–the disconnect between his friskier bouts with love and sexuality on tunes such as “Your Man,” “Firecracker” and, now, “All Over Me” could be disconcerting for some listeners.”

    That kind of reminds me of how the romantic poetry of “The Song Of Solomon” stands out compared to the rest of the Old Testament, and one reason why its rarely the subject of Sunday morning sermons! (lol)

    Josh can do “frisky” songs now with a clear conscience since he’s married because all of his friskiness is directed towards his wife!

    This is an okay song, and if I were ever to tune back in to Top 40 country radio, this would be one of the few songs that would not cause me to change the station!

  7. Ron
    April 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I agree with Steve, After the excellent Long Black Train, he seems to be coasting by on his vocals. The songs just haven’t been that good.

  8. Nicolas
    April 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    These kind of songs work well for Josh Turner because his voice oozes with sexiness =)

  9. Will
    April 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davison are becoming Nashvilles next great combination of writers. Hayslip and Davison also wrote songs outside of there trio like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, Start A Band, I’ll Just Hold On, and Long, Slow Kisses” There kickin serious butt!!

  10. Lisa
    April 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Yea, these three seem to appear on everything lately. They also wrote “Put A Girl In It” for Brooks and Dunn, “Barefoot & Crazy” for Jack Ingram. I think they also wrote Blake Sheltons, Josh Turners and Rodney Adkins new singles. Unbelievable. Can you say MONEY!!! Good for them!

  11. Shannon
    April 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    love me some josh turner!

  12. JeffT
    April 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Love that line “Turner could sing the phonebook and garner praise for his sultry styling…”

  13. jayla
    July 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    okay love the song but ive got opinions from 10 other people and we all think that the only part that he went overboard with it at the part of get your girl if you got one my bro said somthing about that first

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