Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope Records
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery has the sort of deep, rumbling voice that makes you sit up and listen. Though Clear as Day benefits more from McCreery's vocals than it does originality, his youthful enthusiasm when singing of girls, trucks, small towns and budding relationships make up for it. "Dirty Dishes," a cleverly written, heartfelt song about a mother giving thanks for her noisy kids, gets a 10 on the "cute" scale, as does "Back on the Ground," a song about missing home and family. Other highlights: "Write My Number on Your Hand" and "That Old King James."