Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde

By EW Staff
October 24, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Chad and Jeremy: Michael Ochs

Chart Flashback: How does ”A Summer Song” hold up today?

Hello! This song is familiar to me; why ever could that be?

Oh. Well. We shan’t hold its recent participation in a $30 million commercial for a failed cell phone service against this song. I’ll tell you what I will hold against it, though: It is sappy. It makes Simon and Garfunkel sound street. I like the initial jam, a happy little doo doo doo doo doo doo doo that seems promising until the song drags on and everything gets a little dragged down into a muck of slightly more loo loo loo loo loo loo loo. I like all the parts (strings, horns, harmonies, sassy beat), but I don’t like the production or something. It’s like dishwater. Except the last three notes, a crescendo of positivity and life that gives the song a lift it’s been lacking for all of its 2 minutes and 36 seconds. Hooray for those last three notes! B-