Scotty McCreery’s "coronation" single "I Love You This Big" was released immediately following the announcement that he (not-so-surprisingly) was this season’s American Idol winner and went immediately to #1 on the iTunes singles' chart and stayed there until the writing of this review.
My knee-jerk reaction to just hearing the title when Scotty performed it on the show for his final judges performance was that it reminded me of that game you play with babies; "How big is baby?...Baby is SO big!" Upon listening more, the inevitable humming and singing in my head followed and "This Big" morphed into "I Do (Cherish You)" by Mark Wills and "I Love You This Much" by Jimmy Wayne. It’s definitely not an original idea, sound or title. That being said, it’s a solid overall first effort. I’ve being saying for weeks that Scotty’s easier to listen to than watch and this holds true in this song as well.
His voice is strong, and he adds emotion, inflection, and emphasis in all the appropriate spots. It’s a very formulaic approach, but country music is simple by nature and this song fits in perfectly. I’m eager to see what his album is like because he was quoted as saying this isn’t exactly what he had in mind for a single and doesn’t fully show all his tricks and potential. I believe him because even this watered down country song shows his potential and has more depth than I ever heard during his run on Idol.
According to recent reports, Scotty’s first single is slated to sell 180,000 units, which is the most since David Cook’s AI single pushed 235,000 units. All in all, the song isn’t going to change the country game or inspire anyone to do much of anything. It is a pleasant sounding, well-sung, non-offensive tune that highlights Scotty’s voice well and shows us he definitely sounds better in the studio than on the stage where the smirky face reigns supreme.