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They're back for round 2!  Too early for song of the summer contenders?


Ed Sheeran - Castle on the Hill

If you wanted to learn more about Ed Sheeran's mysterious childhood, here's an official glimpse inside his teenage years.  The lyrics pay homage to his childhood friends and all the trouble they'd get into. The song takes place in Sheeran's home town of Framlingham, and explores his memories with Framlingham Castle in he background.

"Fifteen years old and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes
Running from the law through the backfields and getting drunk with my friends
Had my first kiss on a Friday night, I don't reckon that I did it right
But I was younger then, take me back to when"


Also, this song has a semi U2 and Coldplay feel to it.  I mean, the guitars bring you back to U2's heyday in the 80's.  Then, the colorful riffs bring in a Coldplay element, as well.  Either way, this song is like honey to the ears.

In a way, this song's yearning and nostalgic lyrics pulls on the heartstrings.  Wouldn't we all love to go back in time and enjoy the simple days of summer youth? 



Sam Hunt - Body Like a Back Road

Good to see you again, Mr. Hunt.  Yeah, the "Take Your Time" guy is back.  This time, he's brought an even more-country sounding song over into the pop-side of radio.  Not that many people have enjoyed the same crossover effect as Sam Hunt.  Honestly, the only acts I can think of are Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line.  It's rare when pop radio eagerly embraces a country song with an extremely country-sounding song title.  The last time that happened I think was back in 2013 with Darius Rucker's Wagon Wheel.

Back to Hunt.  This song was intended to be shopped to the non-country formats eventually, however, when "Body Like a Back Road" was released, pop stations around the nation immediately added it to their music lineups.   I mean, barriers are only the byproducts of a closed-off mind, right?  If the music's great, sounds great, and gets you dancing... why shouldn't you listen to it?

As KLLC assistant program director/music director Jayn said, "We had absolutely no concerns about it sounding 'too country,' because what it sounds like is a hit."

And that's why you're hearing it on Star!



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