“Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” is an awesome song. As good as anything I’ve heard lately in terms of lyrics. Mature, realistic, insightful. It’s good stuff.
The production is effective in that “stay out of the way of the song” kind of way, as it is on so many great country records.
It’s so good that it’s something I could imagine a nineties woman singing…which makes Sunny Sweeney’s delivery sound disappointing in comparison.
It’s not that she doesn’t sing it competently. But given that this sounds like something that Patty Loveless, or Pam Tillis, or Trisha Yearwood, or even Sara Evans could’ve knocked out of the park, I can’t help but be just a little disappointed.
So, one of the best songs of the year, without a doubt. But still a little disappointing, for reasons beyond the control of anyone involved.
Written by Jay Clementi, Radney Foster and Sunny Sweeney
Listen: Staying’s Worse Than Leaving