Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe
Written by Brent Anderson and Ryan Hurd
It’s billed as a duet, but it’s about as much as an equal pairing as Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle back in the day. Monroe essentially plays a harmony role, singing an answer line from time to time.
Not the best use of her talent, though it seems the only way to get her on the radio is in a feature spot, which is better than nothing. “Lonely Tonight” is a decent spin on the classic “just one more night” theme.
Depending on your taste, this has already been done definitely in recent years by either “Need You Now” or “I May Hate Myself in the Morning”, though every country song like this is chasing the ghost of “Help Me Make it Through the Night.”
But it’s always nice to hear a straight-up country song that isn’t chasing down youth. These are definitely adults who are well past their quarter-life crisis. I wish the melody was stronger and that there was a bit more Monroe, but among Shelton’s recent work, “Lonely Tonight” is a bright spot.