I’m going to come right out and say it at the beginning: I like the single. Yes, Kristy Lee Cook was an instant punchline this season on American Idol, but she really impressed me when she sang Martina McBride’s “Anyway” on inspirational night. There’s a certain style of country song that she could easily build a good career around, and she’s found one of them in “Fifteen Minutes of Shame.”
Here we have a boyfriend who has failed to meet expectations, but not to the point where he needs his car keyed or a dose of gunpowder and lead. “Before He Cheats” and “Gunpowder & Lead” both work because they’re matched so well to the personalities and vocal styles of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, respectively. “Fifteen Minutes” works perfectly for Kristy Lee Cook, who operates on a more modest scale, as does the lyric that promises revenge through a song on the radio.
It’s the kind of song that Lorrie Morgan could’ve made a big hit back in her heyday, and quite frankly, we could use another understated vocalist like that. I look forward to hearing more from her soon.
Listen: Fifteen Minutes of Shame