Twin team Evan & Jaron got off to a rousing start with the previous pop throwdown "Crazy for This Girl," which hit the top 15 on The Billboard Hot 100 and scored top five action at adult top 40.

Twin team Evan & Jaron got off to a rousing start with the previous pop throwdown "Crazy for This Girl," which hit the top 15 on The Billboard Hot 100 and scored top five action at adult top 40. Here, the guys slow things down dramatically with an overwhelmingly sad ode to missing a loved one. There's no question that the lyric here could be applied to America's loss: "I can't take the distance/The miles/The time/Until I next see you smile/ And I'm not ashamed/ That with every breath/I'm calling your name." The guys' performance is understated and lovely, with acoustic production that grips the mood effectively. This song appears in the John Cusack flick Serendipity, which could further its exposure. But on its own, without the tragedy of Sept. 11 or a movie to hitch it to, "The Distance" stands strong as a meaningful, world-wise statement on loss. It's remarkably effective and a song that would go a long way as a comrade to anyone's healing.—CT