If you’d asked me to guess which current Country band was likely to serve up a huge surprise for their next single, the chances are that Little Big Town wouldn’t have been a name I’d have suggested. That’s not to say that I think the group is predictable – their last album Pain Killer was their most experimental yet – but Little Big Town have consistently served up songs that are perfect for the Country music landscape.
New single One of Those Days sees the band teaming up with Pharrell Williams and the result is definitely a bit of surprise. The first taster from their upcoming album Wanderlust, which the band has confirmed isn’t a Country album, One of Those Days has caused quite the divisive response from fans. Many are embracing the band’s desire to do something unexpected while others are criticising the band for moving away from Country and doing something that is more pop. Little Big Town premiered the song via a live performance on The Voice US finale earlier this week and it seems that people simply don’t know what to make of the song.
I’ll admit it’s taken a few listens to truly ‘get’ the song with Pharrell’s production a little distracting and at times a bit disjointed with the vocals. Pharrell is well-known for doing things differently and he’s certainly brought out a completely new sound for Little Big Town. If you take away the production though, the essence of Little Big Town is still evident with their tight harmonies driving the melody. Jimi Westbrook takes lead vocal duties and his husky tone actually really suits the upbeat and optimistic message of the song.
What fans of the band seem to be forgetting is that One of Those Days and Wanderlust is an experimental project for Little Big Town. After being in the industry as long as the band has, and achieving some of their biggest successes over the past year or so surely it’s understandable that they may want to shake things up?
Wanderlust is likely to prove even more divisive when it arrives on 10th June. I can already see Little Big Town’s fans claiming they won’t listen to another record from the band again but I’m going to stick my neck out and say well done to the quartet for stepping out of their comfort zone. One of Those Days is a feel-good, uptempo summer song that takes Little Big Town into a new and exciting era.
Listen to One of Those Days below: