July 6, 2007
Doug Stone, “Nice Problem”
It’s hard to believe that this the guy that turned in the stone-cold country vocal performance “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)”. Soon after, he switched to a horribly drippy, earnest vocal style, often put to use on nauseatingly sappy love songs.
He’s got a better song here than most of those he rode to the top of the charts. He meets a homeless man who teaches him that the problems that worry him – mortgage, kids to feed, etc. – are nice problems to have. The problem, and it’s not a nice one, is that he sings it in the same achingly sweet tone that he delivered “More Love”, “Too Busy Being in Love” and “I Never Knew Love.” It’s just too whiny for my tastes.
Listen: Nice Problem