Here’s the first batch of single reviews in a long time. Starting today, single reviews will be posted every Thursday.
Dierks Bentley, “Every Mile A Memory”
An encouraging preview of his forthcoming third album. He still sounds like a B-level Keith Urban to me, but he’s getting better.
Dixie Chicks, “Voice Inside My Head”
One of the most powerful records of their career. Lead singer Natalie Maines’ performance is one of scorching intensity, as she sings about being haunted by the child she gave up ten years ago.
Faith Hill, “Sunshine & Summertime”
Frothy seasonal fun. Time to start digging deeper with the singles, though. “Stealing Kisses” and “Dearly Beloved” are two signature hits waiting to happen.
Alan Jackson, “Like Red On A Rose”
The first single from Jackson’s upcoming Alison Krauss-produced album finds him in peak form. This is one of the most beautiful love songs I’ve ever heard, and Krauss finally puts Jackson in some unfamiliar musical settings. Jackson’s vocal is relaxed, almost liberated. This is an enticing preview into what may be Jackson’s most satisfying project in years.
Alison Krauss & Union Station, “If I Didn’t Know Any Better”
Krauss is rarely happy on record, so even when falling in love, she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. What an awesome opening verse: “I turned around, before I could run I found you already settled down, in the back of my mind. I know this is just a customary fever, the moon is a deceiver that will leave you running blind.”