Gavin DeGraw is back with a new single in tow. The single, "Best I Ever Had," arrives about a decade after the blue-eyed pop rocker found success with "I Don't Want to Be." Likely to be a radio hit after songs like "Soldier" and "Sweeter," "Best I Ever Had" lacks the soul of songs like "Sweeter" and "Chariot".
The new song, about feeling isolated in a changing world, is a love song, of course. We wouldn't expect anything else from the starry-eyed Degraw.
Still, after so much time has passed, it seems that DeGraws original sentiment, "not wanting to be anything other than what he's been trying to be lately," has gotten a bit diluted — the new single is amped up with horns and heavy kickdrum, the production almost sounding like it was meant for an Of Monsters and Men track.
DeGraw speeds up his vocals on the song to keep up with the faster beat and, in the process, loses some of his signature sound.
Every artist's music has to evolve to survive, so we can't blame the guy. But hopefully the rest of the songs on his new album will sound more like the old DeGraw.
"Best I Never Had" will appear on DeGraws upcoming album which does not yet have a title or release date.
You can catch DeGraw on tour this summer at the following locations.
Gaving DeGraw Tour Dates:
July 17: Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center)
July 18: Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 19: Noblesville, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
July 21: Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheater)
July 23: Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
July 24: Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
July 27: Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center)
July 28: Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 30: Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 31: Atlanta, GA (Aarons Amphitheater at Lakewood)
Aug. 2: Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 3: Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Aug. 6: Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Aug.7: Phoenix, AZ (Desert Sky Pavilion)
Aug. 9: Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Aug. 10: Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Aug. 11: San Francisco, CA (America's Cup)
Aug. 13: Ridgefield, WA (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
Aug. 14: Auburn, WA (White River Amphitheater)