Edens Edge - Too Good To Be True
By: Bobby Peacock
Groups seem to be finally coming back into fashion. For several years, it seemed that if you weren't Lady Antebellum, you were Rascal Flatts; if you weren't them, you were Zac Brown Band; and if you weren't them, you were destined break up after only two singles. (Anyone remember Cole Deggs & the Lonesome?) But lately, I've seen more groups than ever scaling the charts, and I'm digging every single one. In particular, I'm rooting for Edens Edge. Their debut release, "Amen," was one of my favorite singles of 2011, thanks in no small part to its quirky lyrics, Hannah Blaylock's unpolished vocals, and production that manages to be clean and acoustic, but pop-friendly at the same time. Now while those traits sound an awful lot like what I enjoy so much about their labelmates The Band Perry, Edens Edge has a comparatively more pop sheen to them, and Blaylock's vocals are somewhat lower.
"Too Good to Be True" indeed continues in the tradition of "Amen," namely in its use of interesting similies and metaphors, especially in the memorable chorus: "Too good to be true, like diamonds on the soles of my shoes / Like money falling out of the blue, don't be fooled / He ain't nothing but too good to be real…" warns Hannah about the man who broke her heart. The production is slick but not overdone or bombastic, and the Dobro solo before the last chorus is a nice touch. I especially like the ending, when her bandmates join in on echoing the "you're just too good to be, you're just too good to be true" amid the many minor chords.
It's been years since I've been so excited about all the new material coming out from month to month. I honestly can't remember a year that's produced as much musical variety and as many interesting songs as 2012 has. "Amen" was a superb first outing, but "Too Good to Be True" is about 20% cooler. I'm cautiously optimistic about this left-of-center song's success, and even more optimistic about the left-of-center group that delivers it.