Sunday, August 29, 2010

Burns and Poe, "How Long Is Long Enough"

Whenever I think of Burns and Poe, I still think of that atrocious Dallas Cowboys tribute song that I can't get out of my head.  But after giving us a good look at their cheesy and annoying side, the guy from Trick Pony and the bass player from Dierks Bentley's band are showing a more serious side with their new single "How Long Is Long Enough."

Michelle Poe assumes the role of lead vocalist on a ballad that tackles the tried-and-true theme of rebounding from a difficult breakup.  The first verse is a bit of a throwaway, but the second verse succeeds in capturing our interest.  In the second verse, the female narrator describes an instance in which she drives down to a singles bar in hopes of meeting someone new.  However, she ends up sitting in the parking lot for an hour without ever going in.  Her description of this scenario effectively portrays her situation while conveying her emotions at the same time.  She wonders how long it will take for her broken heart to heal, and for her to have the courage to give her heart to someone new.  By the time the bridge comes around, she has concluded that "only time will tell [her] when."

The mournful chorus is elevated by backup vocals from Keith Burns, as well as a simple and uncluttered arrangement that allows the two vocalists to take center stage.  It's enough to make you nostalgic for the 90s all over again.  Burns and Poe have largely been ignored by country radio up to this point, but with this excellent single, they have fully arrested my attention and made me eager to hear what else they have in store.  Who knows?  Maybe this time country radio will be on board as well.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

To hear this song, click "Cool New Music."