September 8, 2007
Similar in theme to the recent Big & Rich single “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace”, but stronger in execution. The “prodigal son” theme has been done before, but by weaving in a believable storyline, it doesn’t sound like a pointless retread.
My biggest criticism of the Big & Rich single was its plodding pace. Thankfully, Halfway to Hazard don’t make the same mistake. “The Devil and the Cross” is lifted up by strong vocals and punchy production. Given the chance, this might be the breakthrough at radio that this young duo needs.
Listen: The Devil and the Cross