REVIEW: Jordan Davis – ‘Home State’

Jordan Davis’s debut album Home State is finally here… I’ve been SO ready for this for the longest time! I saw Jordan for the first time in Nashville last September, supporting Kip Moore at his Skate Jam. The outdoor concert was EPIC and Davis brought it! Debut single Singles You Up, followed by Slow Dance in a Parking Lot, had me hooked and counting down for a full album release. And FYI- he’s SO GOOD live!

Here’s an artist that over the last 12 months has been building one heck of a buzz, touring like crazy and carving a path for himself, in the run up to this release. I know team YLIAS can’t have been the only ones eagerly anticipating what I dare call one of the best albums of this year- and yes, I know it’s only April. I’m pretty confident that Home State is a strong contender for that title. So, let’s discuss the album, before I get too carried away fangirling…

Opening up the project with Take It From Me – LOVE LOVE LOVE! Written with his brother and Jason Gantt, it’s the perfect summer track. I’m literally dancing around in my seat to the insanely catchy melody, whilst trying to write this review. Here’s hoping it makes a radio single!

Goin’ Round is a mixture of nostalgia and what ifs. It’s a ‘what coulda been?’ song that we can all relate to… bad timing and second chances, you know how it goes.

It might’ve been time
And it might’ve been my bad
But I wanna try again
Another dance
A second chance
If you are in I’d be in
 

Easy listening and perfect for all your sing along shower showcases.

The shortest track on the album, More Than I Know, is up-tempo, catchy as hell and pushing the limits of what traditionalists call ‘country’. Sonically differing from every other track and lyrically one of the standouts on the album. Penned by Davis, Eric Daly and the album’s producer Paul Digiovanni, this sassy number explores a love interest that can’t be tamed. I dig it.

Slow Dance in a Parking Lot – BANGER! Released as a single before the album dropped, it set the wheel of epic in motion. Queue the next ‘Die a Happy Man’ wedding song. A fresh and up to date, yet still romantic ballad, it tugs on the heart strings and is perfect for dedicating to your sweetheart.

Selfish slips in with another John Mayer-esque, laid back melody, whilst So Do I brings that country-pop goodness that the masses love. It’s going to be an overplayed radio favourite, I can just tell.

We have to talk about Jordan’s debut to the world – Singles You Up. Okay, so maybe it’s got a teeny bit of a Sam Hunt vibe, but so what?! It’s catchy, fun and everyone loves it. He’s definitely not ‘traditional country’, whatever that even is anymore, but his voice is incredibly versatile and he stays true to a sound that he has made his own.

Two more stand out tracks for me are Tough To Tie Down and my personal favourite, Leaving New Orleans. Both are totally different, but I love them. Tough To Tie Down is more than just a little bit of me, definitely my new anthem. A free spirited wild card, I’m always on the wander… this is such a sweet song that builds and builds to a strong chorus. 

Damn those airplanes and
Damn those fast trains and
Damn those interstates
They always keep calling her
So damn easy for her to leave me
But as long as this world’s spinning ’round
I’m gonna love her
Damn she’s so tough to tie down

For us drifters, it’s always nice to hear there’s someone out there that will take you as you are.

Now, Leaving New Orleans… I’m just melting. The track suits Jordan’s gorgeous vocals down to the ground. It reminds me of John Mayers’ Why Georgia; simple, subtle and totally stunning. I fell in love with this track the second I heard it. It’s nothing explosive or right out of the box and it might be just another ‘lost the girl, must move on’ song… BUT! The nostalgia, the vocals and the anthemic sound is the most amazing tribute to Davis’s home and I’m lost in it. It closes the project perfectly.

What else is there for me to say, but… well shit, Jordan has set his own bar high! Download it, buy a physical, stream it… whatever… just get this album! If this is his debut… I can’t even wait to see what he’s bringing next.

Katie Hutchinson