Blockbuster country duo Brooks & Dunn have conquered radio and retail with an effective blend of honky-tonk party songs and powerhouse ballads.
Blockbuster country duo Brooks & Dunn have conquered radio and retail with an effective blend of honky-tonk party songs and powerhouse ballads. And while they don't deviate from this formula on their seventh studio album, they certainly are a bit more adventurous. "The Last Thing I Do" is a sweaty exercise in cow funk, while "Good Girls Go to Heaven" and "See Jane Dance" are the kind of redneck bad-girl anthems that have worked well for B&D in the past. Ronnie Dunn is a soulful country vocalist second to none, and he works it on the string-laden "The Long Goodbye" and the driving midtempo hit "Ain't Nothin' 'Bout You." The normally rowdy Kix Brooks mellows effectively with the pensive ballad "When She's Gone, She's Gone," and he shows personality galore on the doghouse anthem "Deny, Deny, Deny." The guys stretch admirably with the Latin-inflected "My Heart Is Lost to You" and go Bakersfield with "Lucky Me, Lonely You."—RW