“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)
Elle King and Miranda Lambert
Written by Elle King and Martin Johnson
Elle King and Miranda Lambert’s collaboration is random in its timing, but still pretty exciting when you consider the prospects of, you know, Elle King collaborating with Miranda Lambert.
Granted, I’d argue both artists are at their best when they’re raising hell, and while “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” is the sort of predictable would-be-club-hit-if-it-weren’t-for-the-pandemic song that both artists could sing in their sleep, it works. King, as always, is utilizing that gritty rasp that, as always, sounds murderous on the throat, and I’ve always liked her better as an interpreter when she’s aiming to sell a huge hook instead of a ballad. It’s what “Ex’s and “Oh’s” and “America’s Sweetheart” are made of, and this is another monster hook that I predict will kill live … again, when that’s once again a thing.
The production is a little on-the-nose in trying to make the pop-rock and country crossover mesh well together, but with the huge percussive elements bolstered by the bouncy banjo and fiddle interplay, it does what it needs in bolstering that hoom. I just wish there was a little more groove to it and that there was better interplay between the two vocalists. Both sound great, but Lambert isn’t doing much here, and this could have easily been a King solo cut.