Review – Dan + Shay’s “Speechless”

Dan + Shay don’t deserve the flack and criticism they’ve received. When this duo entered the scene a few years ago, perhaps some of it was earned, as their debut album was quite a rocky listen and they seemed to lack an identity. Their sophomore album was better, but still had some noticeable issues in finding an identity. The duo has admitted this themselves in interviews. But on their new self-titled album, Dan + Shay have clearly found themselves and it’s their best effort yet. One of the highlights of the album is their new upcoming single “Speechless.” It’s a uplifting, soulful love ballad with a ton of heart. The chorus of this is instantly infectious, with the soaring harmonies creating a sense of warmth and connection with the listener. It’s perhaps one of Dan + Shay’s best vocal performances so far in their career. The electric guitar solo in the bridge adds even more texture to the song. I also like how the song gets straight to the point and doesn’t try to get too cute to turn the song into another saccharine country love song. Dan + Shay have come a long way and “Speechless” is fine proof of their growth as artists.

Grade: 8/10

Songwriters: Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Laura Veltz & Jordan Reynolds 

2 thoughts on “Review – Dan + Shay’s “Speechless”

  1. Zackary Kephart July 18, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Admittedly I haven’t checked out their album or any of theirs actually. I do like “From the Ground Up” and “How Not To,” but I didn’t care much for “Tequila.” On first listen, I like the nice smooth flow to this. It’s got a nice soulful-country sound to it, and I like the way the acoustic guitar and piano take turns adding to the song during the verses. I’ll give the album a listen!

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    • Josh July 18, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Yeah it’s definitely worth a listen. A lot of it is good to solid. There’s only a few I don’t care for, most notably “My Side of the Fence.” The other highlight to me is “What Keeps You Up at Night.” The Kelly Clarkson feature isn’t half bad either.


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