First Hit #1: April 8, 2006
Much like the earlier James Blunt single, Bad Day is a song that is kind of outside of the current big chart topping trends. This isn’t quite part of the same mold as Blunt, being a bit more upbeat and a bit more clear in its influences – Powter directly recalls the ’90s, sounding vaguely coffee shop from a decade before, it could be easily played after Lisa Loeb on a playlist. But like Blunt, it’s also a song that owes nothing to clubs and stands out because it isn’t trying to hit that same niche, it’s carving out a niche by eschewing electronics and a hip hop influence – it sounds like a throwback largely because it doesn’t even acknowledge most of the trends that have been influential for the past decade. It was like someone, somewhere, was trying to steer the charts back to an earlier sound. No hip hop and smooth R&B, instead let’s have sincere ballads with men with high voices. The trend didn’t hold – maybe because Blunt and Powter could really get on your nerves after a while. Say what you will about Ne-Yo, for example – and I said mean things about Ne-Yo – his voice doesn’t get on my nerves after repeat listens.
On a personal, someone I absolutely despise would sing the chorus when people were mad at him. It has somewhat colored my opinion of it, though I tried to be as objective as possible.