74: Waitin’ on Sundown (Brooks & Dunn)

Album: Waitin’ on Sundown
Artist: Brooks & Dunn
Year: 1994

1. Little Miss Honky Tonk (D)
2. She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind (D)
3. Silver and Gold (B)
4. I’ll Never Forgive My Heart (D)
5. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone (B)
6. My Kind of Crazy (B)
7. Whiskey Under the Bridge (D)
8. If That’s the Way You Want It (D)
9. She’s the Kind of Trouble (B)
10. A Few Good Rides Away (B)

Brooks & Dunn’s career spanned from 1990 to 2010.  During that time, they released ten albums and fifty singles.  Twenty of those singles reached #1 on the country charts. They were definitely stronger during the first half of their career together. What’s unique about this duo is that they almost never sing together on a song, with the possible exception of the chorus. They almost never wrote songs together either.  Dunn would write a song, sing it, and Brooks would rock out the guitar. Or Brooks would write a song, sing it, and Dunn would do the same. I put their initials after each song so you can see the breakdown.

Waitin’ on Sundown is their third album. It isn’t their strongest, but what it does do avoid some of the faults prevalent on their later albums, mainly boring power ballads by Dunn and awful singing by Brooks as his voice went to hell during the last decade.

For the third album in a row, they start out with a loud, rockin’ number in Little Miss Honky Tonk that’s great to sing and dance to (not that I dance). Another hit follows right after that showcases Dunn’s spectacular voice. Silver and Gold is the underrated gem of the album, similar in theme to She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind, but more original. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone is one of Brooks’s best and most popular songs. In fact, only six of his songs were ever released as singles (despite him contributing about 50% to each album), and this was the only number one. There’s nothing special about it lyrically, but it’s wrought with sadness that comes through in his voice.

The last half of the album is a bit weaker. My Kind of Crazy is inoffensive enough that I usually don’t skip it, but there’s no reason to listen to it. The next two songs sound fine, but are really, really boring thematically (but not as boring as Dunn gets on later albums, trust me). Brooks ends with two songs, both of them above average. She’s the Kind of Trouble is goofy fun, and A Few Good Rides Away is a sappy but pleasant story about a Texas waitress going through rough times.

All in all, nothing really stands out, either good or bad, making it just good enough to make the countdown.

8 thoughts on “74: Waitin’ on Sundown (Brooks & Dunn)”

    1. I’m surprised I’ve never even once thought about Brooks & Dunn in reference to your name. Now there is a guy at another board I used to talk to with a handle of BrookstonFowler, and we called him Brooks for short. I needed to talk to him recently, and I just couldn’t call him Brooks anymore. It didn’t feel right.

    2. “Hey Kelly Wells, are you from Wells?”

      …see, because the town of Wells was just 20 miles away or something.

      My usual response was “Dude, my name rhymes with Smelly Smells. Use that.”

        1. I’m trying to tie this into “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” but it isn’t coming together.

  1. I agree on Silver and Gold, always liked that one. Never cared for “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”. “My Kind of Crazy”…ya, no reason to listen to it.

    “Little Miss Honky Tonk” was loads of fun to sing along to. Speaking of which…here’s a cover by a certain well-loved rodent, all the way back in 1998.

    [audio http://www.pressroomprinting.com/honkytonk.wav ]

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