June 7, 2008
One of Lee Ann Womack’s greatest strengths as an artist is picking adult material that resonates with both traditional and alternative country music fans. Her new single, “Last Call”, is reminiscent of her now-classic hit “I May Hate Myself in the Morning”, but the woman in this song is making the opposite choice when that phone rings after too many drinks. “I bet you’re in a bar”, she thinks as she doesn’t pick up the phone, “’cause I’m always your last call.”
The second verse is particularly biting, as she notes that “I don’t need to check that message, I know what is says. ‘Baby I still love you’ don’t mean nothing when there’s whiskey on your breath.” Womack follows with her sad observation, “That’s the only love I get.”
To call this “real” country music is cheating a bit. There have always been more throwaway songs on the radio than truly great ones, just like there have always been more singers and entertainers than there have been artists. Lee Ann Womack is an artist, and country music is that much better because of it.
Listen: Last Call
Buy: Last Call