& Dunn, Hillbilly Deluxe
I still haven’t
forgiven Brooks & Dunn for 1992’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and I may
never. The song was a mega hit, sure, but to me it symbolized all that
was wrong with country music of the day. It was empty, soulless — in
short, it was pop.
I was less than
delighted to see the boys have learned little in the ensuing 13 years.
Hillbilly Deluxe is a highly polished, nicely produced, danceable vacuum
of a CD. It has more in common with Britney Spears and Ashlee Simpson
than Hank Williams and George Jones. If Maybelle Carter were alive, she
Country music is roots
music, and it tells stories. Sometimes it’s fun and funny, sometimes
it’s crying-in-your-beer tragic. But it’s almost always honest and
The only song that even
approaches that on Hillbilly Deluxe is “Believe.” Listening to “Play
Something Country,” the track that became a single, I kept hoping that
Brooks & Dunn would. Sadly, they did not.