Friday, February 27, 2015

Sunny Sweeney and Will Hoge "My Bed" Single Review

     Sunny Sweeney is one of the most talented female artists out there, and Will Hoge is one of the most talented men. Put them together and you get one heck of a song. Sunny Sweeney released one of the best albums of 2014 with Provoked, and “My Bed” was one of the most engaging tracks on the stellar collection. Following in the footsteps of Johnny and June, George and Tammy, and Conway and Loretta, Sunny and Will have created a duet that is honest, heartfelt, and will stand the test of time.

     This song doesn’t hold back and sugarcoat anything. If you have spent any time listening to Sunny Sweeney in the past, you know that she is a master of heartache. “My Bed” deals with the remains of a crumbling marriage in a very stark, straight-forward manner. At this point in the marriage, the couple no longer finds themselves in love, rather just sleeping in each other’s beds. They are not enemies, they don’t hate each other, but the love is gone. This is a very interesting song because not many artists dive into this situation. Sure, we have plenty of love gone wrong songs, many even dealing with divorce, but most of them skip this stage and go straight to hatred. We get songs like “Before He Cheats” and “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” that have this “kiss my ass” vibe to them. This song is about a relationship that is just tired and has stopped functioning. Sunny wrote this song with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, also known as two-thirds of the Pistol Annies.

     Sunny has a very loud and prominent voice. Will Hoge has a laid back and raspy voice. When you juxtapose these two sounds, you end up with a heartbroken vibe with some engaging back and forth between the two characters. You feel like if you could just tell them to roll over and talk about it, things could get better. You put this kind of emotion on top of a steel guitar arrangement, the indifference and sorrow pours out of your speakers. There’s just something about real country music that makes these emotional songs come to life. This is very well done.

      In a just world, “My Bed” would be a huge smash hit. I’m not sure if that is possible, given the state of country radio and the independent level of Sunny’s record label status. Maybe this song can buck the trends and be a hit. It certainly has the potential, given how strong of a song it is. Either way, Sunny and Will should be incredibly proud for bringing such a great song. Provoked is a top notch album, and this is one of the best songs on it. Check this out if you miss sorrowful country duets that make you feel something. “My Bed” is a great song.


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