Jessica Simpson’s always been a bit of Daisy Duke (yes that is ZZ Top with her above), but it’s still a little surprising to hear her abandoning pop, twanging up her voice and surrounding it with steel guitars on her new single, “Come On Over” (gee, that title seems oddly familiar). The song is blandly competent, but I just can’t get over the opening line, “Leave your dishes in the sink/ leave your ice cubes in your drink/ just come on over. Leave my ice cubes in my drink? As opposed to where, my nipples?
Feeling betrayed, pop fans? Papa Joe attempts to explain Jessica’s restless muse.
“Everything in our business is about beats and I think she really wants to sing,” he said, “and country music still believes in that.”
Simpson, 27, recently finished filming Major Movie Star and is turning her thoughts back to her music. Her last album, 2006′s “Public Affair,” hit the Top 20, but quickly fell off the charts.
“She’s a singer from top to bottom,” Joe Simpson said. “And everything in the music business, especially pop music, has moved away from singers. And I think country is the the only pure, storytelling kind of genre left.”
So is An-Ya not a singer from top to bottom, Papa Joe? Or are you hustling her top and bottom to Nashville too?