Luke Bryan – “Someone Else Calling You Baby”
It’s been quite a year for Capitol Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan. His summer/fall Farm Tour kicked off with a grueling schedule of 40 cities, just days after his wife gave birth to their second child. He’s received two ACM Awards, and the initial releases off his sophomore CD Doin’ My Thing (“Do I” and “Rain is a Good Thing”) have gone to #2 and #1 on the Billboard charts. Now–perhaps for the first time–Bryan becomes his own hard act to follow with the release of his new single, “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”
Following such a dynamic song as “Rain” could be tough; it’s fair to say, that with that rollicking fun, daisy-chain lyric it may even be dubbed his signature piece. On its own merits, “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” lacks the power of an unpredictable lyric like he wowed listeners with in “Rain.”
Here, he sings to his girl who asked for space and took a break from their relationship, only to be spotted later in her driveway, sitting in a truck with another guy. One would think that at this point, the couple has officially split. What follows, though, is his constant pleading to be told the truth. He sings, “Baby, is someone else calling you baby/It’s driving me crazy…Don’t try to save me/Is someone else calling you baby.” The fact that this confrontation with the girl is in the chorus, repeated over and over in the song, makes the singer appear desperate for answers that are already made clear by her actions. Written in a straightforward style, with no story twists, no metaphors, the lyrical outcome is somewhat ho hum.
Back in 1995, country artist Rhett Akins had a hit with “That Ain’t My Truck,” but the singer in that Tom Shapiro/Chris Waters penned song easily read the writing on the wall when he caught his girl in a similar situation in front of her house: “But there’s nothin’ left to say/That Chevy 4×4 says it all/Sittin’ in my place.”
What’s going to drive this number on the airwaves is its music, as well as Bryan’s performance. Produced by co-writer Jeff Stevens, the catchy mid-tempo melody, punctuated in all the right spots by a youthful rock guitar riff, add meat to the bones of the tune, while Bryan shows off his Georgia down-home pipes in the chorus. He’s got just the right combination of twang and croon to pull it off.
A better end-of-summer release might have been the track “What Country Is,” with its hot, lazy feel, and fresh, tour de force lyric writing. Compared to some of the other tracks on his album, “Someone Else Calling You Baby” is no stand-out; but there’s no denying he’s on a roll, and whatever this charming son of a peanut farmer sings these days usually turns out to be embraced by radio.
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