Archives: Chase Bryant ‘Little Bit of You’ – Single Review
This article was first published on April 9th, 2015 on forthecountryrecord.com.
After surprisingly reaching the top 10 with his debut single ‘Take It On Back’, faux-bro Chase Bryant is pushing forward with new single ‘Little Bit of You’ to continue his brand of generic summer love songs with a bro-lite sensibility. And, true to what he started, the new track is filled with plenty of pandering towards a woman he misses, this time set late at night rather than looking back on a love long lost. Apparently the sky is just toooo romantic to miss hanging out with the woman of his affections, “With the stars all out, need you here to help me or I might lose count, I could use a little bit of you right now.” Did you just cringe? Yeah, I did too. This is just like the bar/club pick-up songs but I suppose at least here we aren’t subjected to moronic comments about a woman’s ass while she’s dancing. And at least if this guy has her number she knows him… right?
I honestly don’t know anymore. In the frat boy realms of mainstream country radio, who knows if any of the desperate bids for sexytime are consensual or whether the songwriters have even considered it when they’ve been thinking about the dollar signs involved in starting a song with “girl”. Okay, that’s not fair. This song actually starts with the line “I hope that I ain’t calling too late”, which immediately draws a connection to Cole Swindell’s creeper anthem ‘I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight’ of last year. While that song was a whole other level of weird, ‘Little Bit of You’ still is saddled with the theme of unsolicited booty call disguised by cheesy pick-up lines in an effort to inject some romance into proceedings. In general it’s fairly harmless, as it isn’t anywhere near as graphic as most of country radio, but that still doesn’t excuse it from the audible sigh that escaped from my mouth after listening to the first minute or so. Come on guys, is this all we got?
It’s not like I was expecting a whole lot of creativity or originality from someone with about as much charisma as an egg (and the face of one, too), but based on the fact that he can actually sing and play guitar without all the added crap it kind of makes me want to shake him and ask him what the hell he thinks he’s doing. We really don’t need another bro, or even another lame lite-bro that is so boring I can’t even be bothered to hate the music properly. Even if it’s the pop side of country, I would take music that is less patronizing and more interesting than this. With the same sonic unit of electric, bass and drums that most of Music Row has thrown on repeat for every release, a generic pop hook and a three minute length that means the “kidz” don’t lose focus, the most interesting aspect of the entire arrangement is the inclusion of scattered piano on a couple of early intros. Other than that, I am not going to remember this song in ten minutes and it certainly doesn’t encourage me to go out and buy Chase’s poorly-selling, poorly-marketed EP.
Because I’m not convinced that I should even care enough to be writing this review right now. This is fodder.