Song Review – Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem”

midland-793x525You know, I’m hearing a little bit of  John Anderson’s “She Just Started Liking Cheating Songs” in this, and that’s a good thing.

Of course, this band in their entirety is a good thing as well. Their debut EP back in October was a pleasant surprise, and as mainstream country music continues to see more of a shift towards a more neo-traditional sound, these guys are a good fit.

The song’s biggest asset is undoubtedly Mark Wystrach himself. As a vocalist, he’s got the kind of smooth tone to his voice that makes him sound a little bit older than he is. Alright, I know that didn’t make much sense, but really, there’s something about Mark that lends itself to the band’s material.

It’s a moody song that carries the theme of drinking away one’s troubles, and while the lyrics don’t do much else besides scratch the surface of this theme, the production is at least a little moodier, and again, Wystrach is a great vocalist in terms of power AND emotive presence.

Is this a “song of the year” worthy candidate? No, again the song paints too broad of a picture to connect THAT well, but it’s a song I’d still call great. In addition, while I don’t think mainstream country radio is exactly going to jump all over this, I would like to see Midland stick around, as they do have talent.

Written by: Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

B/B+

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