June 1, 2007
Brooks & Dunn, “Proud of the House We Built”
It’s a decently good lyric that celebrates a love that started with nothing and still is fairly modest, but worthy of pride nonetheless. I have trouble getting into it because of the production and generally weak melody. The record is loud but still plods along at a slow place, and Ronnie Dunn’s immeasurable vocal talent essentially goes to waste, as he’s not given a chance to let loose anywhere.
I don’t understand why, sixteen years into their career, Ronnie Dunn isn’t getting the chance to be the Haggard or Jones of his generation. He has the vocal power and classic country voice to make it happen, but the material they record rarely pulls it out of him. Go back and listen to the early singles like “Neon Moon” and “She Used to Be Mine”, or even more recent gems like “It’s Getting Better All the Time”, and you’ll understand what I mean. He deserves better than this, even though this isn’t too bad.
Listen: Proud of the House We Built