After delivering one of 2010’s best country songs, Sunny Sweeney has the challenging task of following up her first top 10 hit, “From A Table Away.” Can Sunny continue her success at country radio with “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” or will radio once again choose to overlook this talented singer?
So I need to get something off my chest and that is thank God for Sunny Sweeney! Finally there’s a female artist who can hold her own with some of the genre’s finest traditional vocalists like Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless, and Pam Tillis. She showed major potential on “From A Table Away” and on “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving,” she proves that she can deliver a heartbreaking song brilliantly.
The song’s lyrics, which are about a woman involved in a failed relationship, are among the best that have been shipped to country radio this year. The story revolves around a woman who sees that her relationship has deteriorated, but is emotionally conflicted when it comes to leaving. “Leavin’s hard, trust me it’s really bad,” Sweeney sings, “it’ll damn near break ya, it always has.” As the song continues the woman comes to the realization that they’ve done everything they can to make it work, but it just isn’t right. “I just hope someday we’ll look back on this grievin’,” Sunny sings as she says goodbye, “and say staying’s worse than leaving.” Now if that isn’t a country song…then I don’t know what is!
The song’s production is unique in that it’s mainstream enough to be played on country radio, but it never shies away from the neotraditionalist’s roots. It contains the usual traditional country steel along with a nice blend of electric guitar and a heavy drum beat. Just like on “From a Table Away,” Sweeney’s vocal
performance translates the pain and heartache of the song’s subject matter brilliantly.
In a Review Blast earlier this year, I deemed this talented vocalist as an artist to watch in 2011 and she’s off to a great start by releasing another gem to country radio. Sunny’s done what she’s needed to do, now it’s just up to country radio to see if she can take her career to the next level.