This standout track gleefully employs an utterly sparkling melodic hook even while it creates a joyfully organic, rootsy atmosphere punctuated by boogie piano and a stylistically well-rounded structure. In this way, it's complicated and simplistic at the same time, achieving a balance that has a high degree of difficulty even in the small corners of the music industry that contain the least amount of commercial pressure. Brown is a fine, underrated male country singer from an era full of bigger names, but his performance here of a particularly tight three-minute single stands firmly as one of the most memorable country songs of the decade. The confidently clever yet understated wordplay also represents the best elements of modern Nashville songcraft.
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