Stephen Adkins is a singer and songwriter who has taken the time to craft an emotionally honest and characterful country ballad with his latest release That Girl. The song offers the realness of everyday love in a way that needs nothing flashy or loud to exemplify its sentiment.
From the first few moments, That Girl presents listeners with the humble sound of an acoustic guitar, accompanied throughout by an equally subtle yet softly warming piano part. Alongside all of this is the artist’s leading voice, the driving feature expressing these ideas, these lyrics – which are beautifully loyal and open. His voice has the perfect tone and quality for this type of song. It’s a voice that seems as if it could, if necessary, delivery something almighty in range and depth. You see a little of that here, there’s power in the rise throughout the hook. For the most part though, this particular release focuses on the delicacy of the situation – the home comforts as adored by the girl in question – so a softly passionate and smooth performance is absolutely on point.
From a songwriting perspective, the single is really well arranged – beautifully gentle on the whole, including just enough change as things progress, leading to that final climactic moment before it all comes lovingly to a close. The lyrics offer one-line sentiments and images that work well in line with the rhythm and the uplifting nature of the melody. The whole thing appears before you as a piece of acoustic, melodic poetry. The concept is deeply personal but has been approached in a widely accessible way, which is likely to make it connect with any number of lovers who hear it. The hook, the key line, has just enough of that something special required to leave a lasting effect.