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Sunny Sweeney – “Drink Myself Single”

12 Sep

Songwriters:  Sunny Sweeney, Monty Holmes

With the upcoming third single from her new album Concrete, Texas crooner Sunny Sweeney offers a new entry in the hallowed tradition of country music drinking songs.  “Drink Myself Single” is a spunky uptempo number bursting with energy, simmering with spite, and packing in more zest than a shot of whiskey.

The song begins with a bouncy drumbeat and guitar hook, and quickly kicks into gear.  Bitter lyrics like “I wanna know what it’s like to stagger in the house like you do every night” recall classic George Jones (“You know I still love you, but I still get sore when you come home a-feelin’ for the knob on the door”), while the boot-stomping rhythm would sound right at home on a crowded honky-tonk dance floor.  Thus, “Drink Myself Single” gives a reverent nod to tradition while still coming across as a fresh and original offering in its own right.  Furthermore, it wisely steers clear of the one-dimensional cliché phrasing that all too often infects the rowdy side of today’s country music, displaying enough wit and cleverness to earn many a repeat playback.  The arrangement competently underscores the good-timing vibe, while also sounding crisp and clean and devoid of needless clutter.  Thus, Sweeney successfully delivers a country party tune that is actually fun, creative, and interesting, and that actually sounds like country.

The fact that Sweeney broke the Top 10 with “From a Table Away” only to stall outside the Top 30 with “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” aptly demonstrates the fickle “Airplay today – Gone tomorrow” nature of the music industry.  Whether “Drink Myself Single” will steer her back up the charts remains to be seen, but it surely would be a shame to see radio pass on a tune as deliciously irresistible as this.

SUNNY’S SCORE:  9
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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4 Comments

Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Single Reviews

 

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4 responses to “Sunny Sweeney – “Drink Myself Single”

  1. sharon wells

    September 12, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    This is a great review! How old is this young man to use his words so well? We need more young people drawn to country music. This young man is doing a great job. Sweeney should put this on her official page!! It is this good. Abso-dang-lootly!

     
  2. Zack

    September 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Great song, and great artist. I just love Sweeney’s sound, I hope she keeps it up, maybe she’ll be the frontperson for a traditional-sounding movement in Country…. one can only hope! Great review!

     
  3. Derrick Mims

    September 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Love the new site. Love the comments options.

    This is a fantastic tune, one of my favorites from the album. It’s got a classic sound and a classic theme.

     
  4. bob

    September 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    This sure beats the “select your profile” thing you had before which i could never get right. Old folks like it simple.

    Great line “simmering with spite” and great song.

     

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