October 25, 2008
Cheating songs, once so commonplace on country radio, are now relegated to near-nostalgia. When Sugarland introduced the airwaves to their award-winning ballad, “Stay,” the industry marveled at the success of a song predicated on such a tawdry topic. On her new single, Jewel neatly hints at the passions related to cheating and all of its immediacy and emotion, but with no moral crimes committed.
The premise is simple: A married couple lights the lover’s flame as they steal away time from life’s endless pressures. She begs him to stir the fires until their tryst leaves them feel like two cheaters lost in temptation. One of the most country-sounding songs on her album Perfectly Clear, it finds Jewel (with a sultry vocal performance) pleading to her man to move quickly and meet the moment of temptation. An ode to an almost-dangerous desire, it’s an oddly sweet sentiment that drives with a clear passion.
Tales of infidelity are few and far between on the commercial scene, but much welcomed. And although it’s not a cheating song, Jewel’s “‘Til It Feels Like Cheating” gives us a taste of the yearning associated with such an act. It’s a passionate performance and song that’s sorely needed in the genre.
Written by Lisa Carver and Liz Rose
Listen: ‘Til It Feels Like Cheating