Clear as Day


Clear as Day
Clear as Day
Studio album by Scotty McCreery
Released October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
Genre Country
Length 40:49
Label Mercury Nashville, 19 Records
Producer Mark Bright
Singles from Clear as Day
  1. "I Love You This Big"
    Released: May 25, 2011
  2. "The Trouble with Girls"
    Released: August 30, 2011

Clear as Day is the debut album from the season ten American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. The album was released on October 4, 2011 in the United States.[1] Clear as Day also became the first debut album from an American Idol winner to reach number one on the US Billboard 200 since Ruben Studdard's Soulful 2003, selling 197,000 copies in its first week.[2]As of November 9, 2011, the album had sold 424,000 copies.[3] McCreery broke records as the first country act to debut at number one with their first studio album, and at 18-years old, the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with their debut release.[4]

Contents

Background

Scotty McCreery began working on his album soon after he was crowned the winner of the tenth season of American Idol. McCreery described the album as having "some old country influences and elements" that he grew up with, such as Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard, but "it also has a contemporary feel with fun up-tempo songs."[5] He said the title track, "Clear as Day", is one of his favorites on the album and he loves the message behind the song.[6] The album includes a cover of a song by Keith Urban, "Walkin’ the Country", released when he was in the band The Ranch.[7][8]

Singles

The first single released from the album was "I Love You This Big".[9] It debuted and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number 15 on the Hot Country Songs chart. As of November 11, 2011, I Love You This Big has sold a total of 661,000 in downloads.[citation needed]

The second single released from the album was "The Trouble with Girls", which premiered on radio on August 30, 2011,[10] and released onto iTunes and Amazon.com on September 1, 2011. It debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of November 11, 2011, I Love You This Big has sold a total of 119,000 in downloads.[citation needed]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[12]
USA Today 2/4 stars[13]

Reviews of Clear as Day have been mainly mixed; At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 55, based on 7 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". Jerry Shriver of USA Today gave the album 2 stars out of 4, saying that the album was "strictly paint-by-numbers country, with some mildly interesting colors occasionally dabbed inside the lines."[13] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave it two stars out of five, saying that although some of the songs had "signs of life" to them, "the songs and production demand that all energy come from young Scotty, who amiably sleepwalks through the tunes, expecting his 'aw shucks' smile will translate onto record. That it doesn’t is not necessarily on his shoulders -- it’s better to place the blame on the machine, here run by producer Mark Bright."[11] Rolling Stone critic Caryn Ganz also gave the album two stars out of five, stating that "his debut – a ho-hum jaunt through an America full of dog-eared Bibles, rugged pickup trucks and girls 'hot as July, sweet as sunshine' – works overtime playing up his wide-eyed charm."[12] Chris Willman, writing for Reuters, gave it a mixed review, singling out "The Trouble With Girls" as having "sweetly playful lyrics" but adding that "the sappy music seems to have been written for a different set of words, as if McCreery were supposed to be singing about Jesus taking the wheel, not chick magnetism."[14]

Melinda Newman, writing for HitFix, gave it a mixed to positive review, saying, "McCreery has a voice meant for country. It’s deep, resonant, and for someone so young, he also had a good command of nuance...the sound is so clean and clear, if it were a floor, you could eat off it...there is no attempt whatsoever to make any song here palatable for a country crossover to pop — and that is a compliment."[15] Joey Guerra, writing for the Houston Chronicle, gave it a positive review, noting that "there are a surprising and refreshing number of uptempo numbers, and the entire thing clearly establishes his persona, unlike so many post-Idol debut efforts." Additionally, he said that of the two albums being released by the 2011 American Idol finalists (referring to Lauren Alaina's debut album, which would be released a week after Clear As Day), "(Clear As Day) is clearly the stronger of the two, and it's no surprise. He's a more natural performer and seems unfettered by NashVegas trappings or mainstream radio cynicism. Country music just seems to be an extension of who he is. The songs are age-appropriate, heartfelt and sincere."[16].

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Out of Summertime"   Tim Nichols, Jonathan Singleton 3:42
2. "I Love You This Big"   Ester Dean, Brett James, Jay Smith, Ronnie Jackson 4:06
3. "Clear as Day"   Casey Beathard, Phil O'Donnell, Adam Wheeler 3:56
4. "The Trouble with Girls"   Phillip White, Chris Tompkins 3:49
5. "Water Tower Town"   Cole Swindell, Tammi Kidd, Lynn Hutton 2:44
6. "Walk in the Country"   Keith Urban, Vernon Rust 2:59
7. "Better than That"   Chris DeStefano, Jess Kates, Craig Wiseman 3:10
8. "Write My Number on Your Hand"   Thomas Rhett, Jeremy Stover; Jamie Paulin 2:59
9. "Dirty Dishes"   Neil Thrasher, Michael Dulaney, Tony Martin 3:36
10. "You Make That Look Good"   Rhett Akins, Lee Thomas Miller 3:01
11. "Back on the Ground"   Thrasher, Beathard, Martin 3:19
12. "That Old King James"   White, Mark Nesler 3:29
Total length:
40:49

Chart performance

Album

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[17] 5
UK Country Artist Albums Chart[18] 5
US Billboard 200[17] 1
US Billboard Top Country Albums[17] 1

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2011 "I Love You This Big" 15 11 21
"The Trouble with Girls"A 32 84
  • A Current single.
Preceded by
Own the Night by Lady Antebellum
Top Country Albums number-one album
October 22–November 5, 2011
Succeeded by
Clancy's Tavern by Toby Keith

References

  1. ^ Dukes, Billy (08-11-2011‎). "Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Announce Release Date and Title of New Albums". Taste of Country. http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-lauren-alaina-album-release-date/. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/news/idol-s-scotty-mccreery-makes-history-at-1005402152.story
  3. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2011-11-09). "Kelly Clarkson stays in top 10 for a second week". Idol Chatter. USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/11/kelly-clarkson-scotty-mccreery/1. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/news/idol-s-scotty-mccreery-makes-history-at-1005402152.story
  5. ^ Shetler, Scott (08-12-2011). "SCOTTY MCCREERY, LAUREN ALAINA ANNOUNCE ALBUM TITLES, RELEASE DATES". PopCrush. http://popcrush.com/scotty-mccreery-lauren-alaina-album-titles-release-dates/. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Hensel, Amanda (08-13-2011). "Scotty McCreery’s ‘Clear As Day’ Demo Reportedly Discovered Online". Taste of Country. http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-clear-as-day-demo-phil-odonnell/. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ Hensel, Amanda (08-27-2011). "Scotty McCreery’s ‘Clear as Day’ Album to Include a Keith Urban Track". Taste of Country. http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-keith-urban-song-clear-as-day/. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (09-01-2011). "CW Exclusive: Scotty McCreery Reveals Title of Keith Urban Song on New Album". Country Weekly. http://www.countryweekly.com/news/cw-exclusive-scotty-mccreery-reveals-title-keith-urban-song-new-album. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Dukes, Billy (August 29, 2011). "Scotty McCreery’s New Single ‘The Trouble With Girls’ Debuts Tomorrow". Taste of Country. http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-the-trouble-with-girls-new-single/. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ Mansfield, Brian (08-30-2011). "Scotty McCreery debuts new single, 'The Trouble With Girls'". Idol Chatter. USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/08/scotty-mccreery-debuts-new-single-the-trouble-with-girls/1. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b http://allmusic.com/album/clear-as-day-r2287355
  12. ^ a b http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/clear-as-day-20111004
  13. ^ a b http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/reviews/story/2011-10-03/listen-up-scotty-mccreery/50648416/1
  14. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/03/us-music-scottymccreery-idUSTRE7926XA20111003
  15. ^ http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-beat-goes-on/posts/album-review-american-idol-scotty-mccreerys-clear-as-day
  16. ^ http://www.chron.com/life/article/Teen-Idols-make-their-big-debuts-2200667.php
  17. ^ a b c "Chart listing for Clear as Day". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/album/scotty-mccreery/clear-as-day/1529181. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/country-charts/

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