Single Review: The Band Perry - Don't Let Me Be Lonely
By: Matt Bjorke
With "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," The Band Perry are taking over the mantle left by Sugarland's absence with a song that deftly balances country music's roots with a pop-leaning melody. It's neither as in-your-face as predecessor "DONE." nor is it as rocking as "Better Dig Two" but it still is fiddle-filled progressive Country music with lyrics which find Kimberly singing of the loss of reckless abandonment of youth and how when we become adults, we often want to get the same feelings back, especially in our moment's of darkest despair:
"When you're young, life's a dream, it's a beautiful and burning thing, we grow up and then it's gone, but the memory burns on…" says the bridge of the ballad (which is a continuation of an earlier verse) and it finds a poetic, smart lyric.
Written by Sarah Buxton, Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" is a savvy ballad that is lyrically deeper than its popish hooks suggest, showcasing how The Band Perry and their label were smart enough to record the song. There's nothing like it on Country radio and I've little doubts that the song could cross over to Pop radio where it will remind folks more than a little bit like the smart ballads that P!NK often releases. Crossover radio potential aside, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" is my favorite single from the album so far. #ItsAHit.