The first thing that jumps out at you is the almost spoken-word rhythmic feel to the song. Then comes the whistling melody after the first part of the first verse. Lastly the spoken-word hook to end the chorus. Upon first listen I found all of this quite distracting and thought the hook to be a detriment rather than a distinguisher. Further listens eased my fears though as the song is insanely catchy and is an almost instant sing-along. Lyrically the song gets points for using specifics and being narrative and not descriptive, but the story is a bit implausible (she lives in the richest mansion on the highest hill in town and has a free plane, yet he’s going to have to hunt her down?) and I’m not sure I understand the bridge. Still, at least the song tells a fun story, the production is pleasantly quirky, and Hodges vocals are spot on.
The song is rather different though, and neither Show Dog nor Universal South has much of a history in launching successful artists. So Hodges hasn’t exactly been dealt an ideal hand, but hopefully radio gives this enough of a chance to let the public decide its fate. In the end this may just be a novelty song or it may be a breakthough, but I’m very interested in what Mr. Hodges has to offer in the future.