“One Hell of an Amen”
Written by Brian Davis, Mike Dekle, and Brantley Gilbert
I actually feel kind of bad for Brantley Gilbert. His heart is totally in the right place. But the execution is absolutely horrendous.
Attempting to tackle two different tragedies in one song – a fallen soldier and death by cancer – and fails to stumble upon any truth in either individual situation, let alone a compelling connection between the two.
His monotonous delivery doesn’t help matters, but the song was beyond saving anyway.
I know some people will find this review and think I’m heartless or not patriotic or what not.
To them, I recommend the following two songs to listen to. Heck, I’ll even add the videos at the end.
“Dearly Departed Friend”, by Old Crow Medicine Show, where a man attends the small town funeral of his best friend, a soldier killed in battle.
“Elephant”, by Jason Isbell, where a man reconnects with an old flame and cares for her in the final throes of her battle with cancer.
The real thing is out there. Accept no substitutes.