Perhaps it could have been, with a stronger melody and a more refined concept. The song itself is pretty good, but Evans turns in a listless performance, delegating all of the “oomph” to the background vocalists and studio musicians. And they’re pretty listless in their own right.
Evans has produced some great variations on the “wronged woman slowly discovers her own self-worth” theme before. But the charm and the wit and the personality of her best songs of this nature – “Fool, I’m a Woman”, “Cheatin'”, “Shame About That” – are completely absent this time around.
I hate to say it, but it reminds me of post- “Girls Lie Too” Terri Clark, where a woman that seemed on the cusp of really big stardom suddenly loses her knack for finding strong material and spinning it into a golden performance. What a disappointment.
Written by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsay, and Hillary Scott
Listen: A Little Bit Stronger