Written by Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton
“Broken Halos” is a beautifully written song that celebrates fallen angels, expressing gratitude for them instead of wondering where they’ve gone off to or why they came down from Heaven in the first place. The idea may sound schmaltzy, like a new take on the Alabama standard, “Angels Among Us,” but if anything, it’s closer in spirit to “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.”
Stapleton’s vocals, of course, are beyond reproach, given an additional heavenly lift from his talented partner, Morgane Stapleton. There isn’t anything new here to convert the unconvinced, but Stapleton does a good job reminding the already converted why they fell from him in the first place.
Me, I’m more excited to hear his takes on the Willie Nelson hit, “The Last Thing I Needed the First Thing This Morning,” and on “Either Way,” a co-write of his recorded a few years ago by Lee Ann Womack. But this will tide me over just fine until From a Room: Volume 1 is released on May 5.