Seasons Change

Seasons Change

by Scotty McCreeryScotty McCreery

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It took a long time for Scotty McCreery to get to his third record, Seasons Change. Five years to be precise, a half-decade that saw the American Idol finalist undergo some major life changes, chief among them a departure from his post-Idol record label Mercury Nashville. The imprint dropped him following "Southern Belle" -- a 2015 single that didn't crack the Top 40 -- and he resurfaced in 2018 on Triple Tigers with Seasons Change, a record whose very title acknowledges that he's no longer the eager, bright-eyed kid he was at the dawn of the decade. The change isn't just superficial. For the first time, McCreery co-writes every one of the songs on an album, teaming with a host of professional Nashville songwriters, including Jessi Alexander, who co-wrote Lee Brice's tear-jerker "I Drive Your Truck" and David Lee Murphy, who had a hit back in 1994 with "Dust on the Bottle." Many other writers are involved on Seasons Change, but those two indicate the tenor and tone of the album: It's an album whose heart belongs in a different era, one that feels much older than McCreery's 24 years. Despite a few surface affectations, such as the faintest hint of a drum loop on the ballad "This Is It," the retro-soul groove of "Barefootin'," and a feint toward hip-hop cadence on "Move It on Out," there's nary a trace of the R&B influence that's so fashionable in the late 2010s, nor is there anything resembling the bro-country of the early 2010s. This is an album firmly and proudly rooted in the tuneful mainstream country of the '90s. Frankly, this is a good fit for McCreery. A singer who always sounded a fair bit older than his years, he feels comfortable with the throwback sensibility of Seasons Change, as if he's finally found a home. There's a charm to his light touch, but that wouldn't be enough to make Seasons Change as ingratiating as it is. That's all down to all the smartly constructed commercial cuts, given a handsome polish by producers Frank Rogers, Derek Wells, and Aaron Eshuis. When combined with the singer's ease, these elements turn Seasons Change into McCreery's best album yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2018
Label: Century Media
UPC: 0190758180427
catalogNumber: 581804
Rank: 5790

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scotty McCreery   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Dorn   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Gordon Mote   Piano
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
John Hinchey   Trombone
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Justin Schipper   Steel Guitar
Aaron Eshuis   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond B3
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Steve Hermann   Trumpet
JT Corneflos   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Tommy Cecil   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Philip White   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Derek Wells   Producer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Shauna Dodds   Art Direction
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Aaron Eshuis   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sarah Dodds   Art Direction
Scotty McCreery   Composer
Jason Grant   Composer
Dan Isbell   Composer
James McNair   Composer

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