Category Archives: SONG REVIEWS

Big & Rich Capture A Feeling In “Run Away With You”

BIG AND RICH RUN AWAY WITH YOU

Download “Run Away With You,” thru iTunes: HERE

     Country music lyrics have taken a beating lately for being stuck in a rut, lacking a compelling storyline, and overselling the same setting. Nouns play a big role in most country songs. In the new single from Big & Rich, verbs drive the story and the music captures a feeling. It seems ironic in a song about running away that you’d find such a perfect example of capturing something. It’s often difficult to describe feelings and even more challenging to convey a feeling through music. When you can put both together and pull the listener in to the emotion, you’ve just written a hit song.

      “Run Away With You” is one of those rare songs that grabs you immediately. Not a word had been sung when I knew it was going to take me somewhere. It’s one of those close your eyes songs that compel you to let go and just listen. When John Rich starts singing, the journey begins. The tenderness in his voice conjures the feel of a soft touch and the spark you feel when you’re close to someone you connect with. When Kenny adds the harmonies, the spark turns to a fiery passion that ignites the desire to throw caution to the wind and run away with your heart’s desire. The pulse of those two beating hearts is steady and rhythmic in the music the guitars play until the feelings of love pull you under with the strength of a rip tide. The tight harmonies wash over the strings of the guitars and manifest a seductive, powerful sound. A boundless love finds room to run when the heart is open to the possibilities.

I miss your midnight kiss

And loving you all night long

This life’s like a rip tide

We’re barely hanging on

Caught up in the worry

And always in a hurry

Losing what we’re all about

Let’s slow it down

Take our love and get out of this town

 

     Big & Rich‘s new album is called Gravity. What better place for a song like “Run Away With You” that describes the gravitational pull of two hearts that belong together finding their unified center of gravity in each other. It isn’t popular these days to put thought provoking songs on the radio. The trend is towards mindlessness over emotional engagement. Big Kenny and John Rich have created a powerful piece of music here that is lyrically thoughtful and musically moving. Listening to it makes you feel something and want to hear it again. When great music meets radio airplay, everybody wins.

 

From WAY North of Nashville……Bev Miskus

Download Gravity through iTunes: HERE

BIG AND RICH GRAVITY

 

Visit Big & Rich’s website: http://www.bigandrich.com/

©2015Bev Miskus

 

STRIKING MATCHES – MISSING YOU TONIGHT

STRIKING MATCHES MISSING YOU TONIGHT

Download “Missing You Tonight” through iTunes: HERE

     Push play on this song and you’ll know right away that Striking Matches is not a current radio cliché. Their new album, Nothing But The Silence, is available for pre-order NOW through iTunes with a drop date of March 24! Just looking at the names of the songs on this album tells me this is no ordinary silent treatment. This record has a lot to say, and the first song released from it is a silent scream.

     “Missing You Tonight” reaches back to the sound of the 70s from the moment those dueling guitars start speaking. These two talented musicians can both play, and the harmonies they achieve on this song, together with the intensity of the guitar playing, is an expressive throwback to a time when music was all powerful. The lyrics are beautiful here, but it’s the language those guitars are speaking that sweeps you into the passion and the pain of this song. Take the pull of two people who are missing each other on opposite sides of the glass. Each picks up a guitar and pours out their emotion in a “My Guitar Gently Weeps” kind of way with a bigger guitar sound for emphasis. Every ounce of emotion comes from the guitars in this with the harmonies acting as punctuation.

     The lyric video is brilliant and as emotionally expressive as you’ll see in this format today. The use of mostly black and white in the color scheme highlights the message and  makes the spare use of color an exclamation point on that message. One match. One extinguished flame. Two hearts reaching out towards a burned out connection. Two sides of the same feeling….Striking Matches.

WATCH the lyric video for “Missing You Tonight!”

Pre-order Nothing But The Silence through iTunes: HERE

STRIKING MATCHES NOTHING BUT THE SILENCE

Visit Striking Matches‘ website: http://www.strikingmatches.com/

©2015 Bev Miskus