DIXIESTREAMS.COM – Julianne Hough Single Review
Review by Amy Blizzard
Most singers work odd jobs before they land their big break and have the pleasure of turning in their two-week notice. Plenty of recording artists and musicians at one time in their lives have waited tables, worked a cash register, stocked shelves or sat behind an office desk.
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Julianne Hough, however, made a unique transition into the world of country music, working first as a professional dancer and fan favorite on the ABC hit show 'Dancing With the Stars'. In spite of the incredibly hectic schedule that came with training celebrities to do the rumba and waltz, Hough was not content to only bring her dancing dreams to reality when there was a song in her heart that she wanted to share.
In 2008, she released a self-titled album through Mercury Records' Nashville division and began to receive airplay for the lighthearted, youthful single 'That Song In My Head'. While she promoted the album, filming music videos and appearing at festivals and performing as an opening act, Hough kept up with her day job at 'Dancing With the Stars'. Now, as she prepares her sophomore album, which is tentatively scheduled to hit stores in November, she has decided to temporarily retire her dancing shoes to focus solely on her musical endeavors.
She returns to radio with 'Is That So Wrong?' a mid-tempo inspired by the inherent desire most people have to want someone special in their life. Though the idea may sound like an overly juvenile and even cheesy one meant to attract the attention of teenagers, the subject matter is handled in a way that makes it relatable to those of all ages, much like the little known Kristy Lee Cook track 'Hoping To Find'.
Julianne Hough shows a newfound maturity with a subtle, but effective vocal that exudes longing without transforming into desperation in the charming piece of modern country-pop that is laced with an easygoing, likable melody and chorus. Occasionally, the appearance of regnant, repeated lyrics can be off-putting but does not hinder the song's overall quality or enjoyable nature.