As Johnny Cash would say, Scotty McCreery is walking the line. While he’s not staying on the straight and narrow for a lover, he is playing a very precarious balancing act between old school country and a contemporary sound. His latest single, “The Trouble with Girls,” continues to put him on a middle of the road trajectory, smartly attracting both the tweens and their mothers. “Trouble” is about the never-ending confusion (and attraction) guys have when it comes to girls and shows McCreery in the same sweet, safe light as his first single, “I Love You This Big.”
Lyrically, the song is much less mature than “Big,” a good thing since McCreery’s only seventeen so it might be a bit soon to be talking about a lifelong love. The lyrics here are also more playful, particularly the hook “The trouble with girls is nobody loves trouble as much as me” and the music is less smaltzy with memorable piano and strings parts.
McCreery’s deep voice, unusual on radio today, will continue to make girls swoon and, so long as he stays more Tim McGraw than Justin Guarini, he’ll be able to enjoy a long career to come. McCreery’s first album, Clear as Day, comes out on October 4.