With the exception of the first track, “2016,” the entire album was pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Sam Hunt.
Well, it was nothing like that. In fact, Southside was pretty much the same stuff he’s been doing. The exact same pop-leaning, talk-singing, snap track sound that you either love or, if you’re a traditional country music fan, you undoubtedly hate.
But then in November, Sam showed up pretty much out of nowhere to play some bluegrass music, including some bluegrass versions of his own songs.
Then this week, he dropped an acoustic demo of a new song called “Came the Closest.”
And I like it.
It’s a heartfelt song about a guy who’s not willing to smooth his rough edges, and a girl who “came the closest” to getting him to settle down. And it’s way more “2016” than “Hard to Forget,” which to me is a great thing.
Sam Hunt’s lyrics have never really been the problem with his music – it’s more the production that he puts behind them. So this acoustic demo is exactly what I’m hoping we get more of from Sam Hunt.
Even Parker McCollum seemed to enjoy it, judging by his comment on Sam’s Instagram post:
So Sam, if you’re reading this (I’m sure you’re not), here’s my suggestion: Release it just like this. No snap tracks. No trap beats. No pop production… maybe add some steel and call it a day.