Written by Jeff Bhasker, Cam, and Tyler Johnson
Don’t let the stripped down production fool you.
“Burning House” sounds refreshing at first because its not taking its cues from eighties hair metal or nineties light rock.
Instead, it goes back to AM rock of the early seventies. The confessional kind that Janis Ian and James Taylor cut their teeth on.
“Burning House” isn’t remotely country, which is disappointing for two reasons. One, the sparse production feels cold, and could use the warmth of a steel guitar or a lonesome fiddle. Two, said steel guitar and lonesome fiddle could distract from the flavorless vocal and meandering metaphor.
It’s a record that not only doesn’t get where it’s going. It doesn’t really go anywhere at all. Just walking in circles.
“Burning House” sounds like an acoustic performance in a radio studio session, the kind that reveals that the performer just sounds better with the bells and whistles of a full production around them.
This isn’t meant to be a knock of Cam’s artistry as a whole. There are artists that I love who sound just as lost in similar sonic settings.
Everything about this particular record – the vocal, the lyric, the production – just sounds unfinished. Gotta finish building the house before you burn it down.