I've never been into bluesy piano rock played by guys wearing fedoras over casual clothing. It just seems like something made specifically for impressionable young women or those married couples that spoon at concerts.
I'm neither of those, so that's probably why I never heard of Gavin DeGraw until now. Here's a fun fact about DeGraw: He's not the British country-rock singer I imagined upon hearing his name.
To lay on the "British" thing, the beginning piano chord of the single "Not Over You" sounds like something Coldplay would have been able to phone in if they wrote it in 2008. The rest of the track follows up with some pretty sturdy percussion and Gavin's distinct voice.
Funny thing: The head kept under Tedder's hat is actually one of the keenest minds in pop music lyricism. He's written songs such as Beyoncé's "Halo," Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love and the not-so-bad tracks on Chris Cornell's otherwise Scream album. And Tedder's lyrical flourish appears in lines on this song such as this one: "Hope there's a conversation / where we both admit we had it good / but until then it's alienation."
And, in the process, "Not Over You" makes Gavin DeGraw sound like everything Bruno Mars wants to be.