Jack Newsome’s “The Year The World Stood Still” can be added to the list of notable lockdown-induced releases. It’s unlike any other song on that list. It’s not a sad or sentimental song— it finds a happy middle between bright and gloomy.
The best way to describe it is that “The Year The World Stood Still” sonically feels like gently gliding down the end of the tunnel, towards the light. Positivity dominates while it also acknowledges the hardship we’ve all felt. It’s an incredibly tough balance to pull off, but Newsome did it perfectly, which is a testament to his songwriting savvy. In fact, there’s a playful quality to the song along with Newsome’s soothing vocals that make it deliciously pleasant to the ear and genuinely timeless.
“The Year The World Stood Still was produced to perfection by Cambo. Newsome’s knack for melody and gorgeous harmonies combined with Cambo’s crisp, fizzy production is a slice of pop magic. Everytime I listen to the song it sparkles. There’s a glossy veneer applied to the track that amplifies its optimism and forward outlook. Newsome and Cambo are a perfect pairing.
Lyrics like, “we grew apart, six feet between us, boy, if looks could kill.” I can totally relate. Or how about, “When you’re waving your goodbye, underneath the blue-ish skies,” which is a reference the cleaner air in Los Angeles due to the lack of traffic. Newsome faces 2020 hardship with a smile in an effort to cope.
It’s an exciting moment for Newsome. He shared on Instagram that he feels mixed about 2020. It’s been an awful year, but personally he reached some big milestones, including signing to his label, 12Tone, a home for exciting new talent that pushes frontiers. It’s a big deal for the young singer who first emerged on my radar after he participated on NBC’s Songland and collaborated with the great Shane McAnally on music.