Julianne Hough - "Is That So Wrong"
By: Matt Bjorke
When “That Song In My Head” came out in 2008 Julianne Hough started off her music career after a successful run on Dancing With The Stars as one of the top dancers. While she eventually went on to the show once again with then-boyfriend Chuck Wicks, Julianne was really trying to break away from the ‘dancer’ typecast and shows off her talents as a country singer. While the single and the Julianne Hough album were both successful, neither did as well as Julianne or her record label Mercury Records had hoped.
One of the reasons for the moderate instead of smashing success was the ‘dated’ production style throughout the album. It felt like a relic of the 1990s/early 2000s and not something from 2008. While this fact likely had some folks loving the record, it was enough for radio to not want to listen to more of the record. That production was from well-known veteran producer David Malloy and while it served the purpose that album was supposed to do –introduce Julianne Hough to the country music audience –it may have hurt her more than helped her.
Fast forward to now and here I sit with “Is That So Wrong,” the brand spankin’ new single. This single, written by Julianne with Sarah Buxton and Blair Daily, certainly sounds like a different, more mature Hough. Buxton’s influence is prevalent throughout the song, from the vocal phrasing to the lyrics of the track, which deals with a woman who is rallying herself after bad break-up, saying ‘I don’t want to be alone, is that so wrong?’ The production on the single is handled by stalwart Nashville producer Dann Hough and he completely gives the song the ‘current’ sound that Julianne Hough needed to set herself back on the path to country music stardom.
“Is That So Wrong” is a mid-tempo track complete with a strong, able vocal performance from Hough. It’s the kind of song that radio should like and if they allow Julianne the chance, it is exactly what could get her the first Top 10 hit of her young career.