Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Brett Eldredge, ‘Don’t Ya’ – Song Review

Don't Ya
Atlantic Records

Brett Eldredge is a country newcomer with more talent than fame, but the latter may catch up to him after his new single ‘Don’t Ya’ finishes its radio run. The Illinois born-and-raised singer does all of the little things right on this tightly-produced cut from a long-promised debut album. We’re never blown away by his soulful voice, but we’re made aware of what he’s capable of by the end of a first or second listen. 

Eldredge climbs the scale effortlessly, balancing on words like “move” in the first verse like an Olympic gymnast teeters on the balance beam.

Girl you cut those jeans just right / I know you didn’t buy ‘em like that / So baby don’t even try that / You dance / Oh you move / Like there ain’t nobody watchin’ / But girl you know I’m watchin,” Eldredge sings to open the song.

With ‘Don’t Ya,’ Eldredge builds the tension in the room without relying on overly dramatic instrumentation or animated imagery. His story is believable, but still detailed enough to fill in gaps in color and personality. The melody leads to a great hook in a chorus that never verges on gimmicky.

Don’t lie / You got it all figured out / That smile / Has got me spinnin’ around / Don’t even try acting like it ain’ t no thing / Cause I can see you move a little closer, closer / Girl I gotta get to get to know ya know ya / Everything about you makes me want ya, want ya / (You) Know what you’re doing baby don’t ya, don’t ya,” he asks, eventually over nothing but a kick drum.

Toward the end of the song, the 26-year-old is allowed room to play. The final time through the chorus shows the level of comfort and maturity he has developed at a relatively young age. Eldredge never overpowers the listener — ‘Don’t Ya’ isn’t the place for that — but finds ways to flex his vocal muscle in a way that impresses. It takes a lot more than talent and a good song to get a hit up the radio charts, but Eldredge can sleep well knowing he’s done his part.

4.5 Stars

Listen to Brett Eldredge, ‘Don’t Ya’

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Listen to More New Country Singles

Best of 1280 KSLI

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSLI Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSLI Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.