Author: Leon Blair
As a reviewer, it's my “job” to walk into every piece of music that I listen completely devoid of any bias towards or against an artist. After all, we're looking to be as fair as we can be, and having any existing pre-expectations can really hurt one's view of how he or she approaches the project.
But hey, we're all humans at the end of the day, and I'll tell you a little secret. None of us can walk into a project completely unfazed once we get something into our heads. Coming into Cody Johnson's Gotta Be Me album, I really didn't know what to think, mostly because peoples' views of him were extremely divided. Some people couldn't get enough of this guy while others seemed a little more lukewarm to his material. Granted, this happens with every artist, but rarely to the extent I saw with Cody Johnson.