Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Chris Stapleton – Millionaire

This is up for the Best Country Solo Performance Grammy this weekend, so parse that as you wish…


Tobi Tella: This is certainly a late single off an album. It has a nice message about not being materialistic and he sounds good, but from someone who has been such a pioneer of interesting country music, this is very boring.

Stephen Eisermann: For being such a boring lyric, this song is strangely affecting, primarily due to the inclusion of Morgane Stapleton, who has some of the best harmonies in recent country music history. The song is only credited to Chris, but this feels more like an old-time duet (a la “I Don’t Want to Know”) and it’s all the better for it. The steel guitar provides extra warmth for the lovely harmonies, and it’s easy to close your eyes and sway to the love that is present in the way these two sing to each other.

Thomas Inskeep: The song’s too slow and too dull, but it’s hard to turn down the opportunity to hear Chris and Morgane Stapleton sing harmony vocals. When do we get Morgane’s solo record, anyway?

Alfred Soto: When this well done prime rib rhymed sold/gold and he compares her to treasure that makes him a millionaire, I wondered if Howard Schulz had picked up a guitar, grown his hair, and duetted with “Morning” Joe Scarborough. 

Joshua Minsoo Kim: Solomon Burke’s version of this Kevin Welch original was slightly warranted. Chris Stapleton’s take? Not so much. Hearing him and his wife harmonize is a small delight, but this song has lyrics that are so trite that you’d think this dates further back than 2001. “People look at her, then they look at me/They say that boy, he’s sure living in luxury.” How sweet.

Katie Gill: The beauty of Chris Stapleton is how stripped down his production is. Tight harmonies counteract the minimal guitar line and pounding percussion. Admittedly, the lyrics leave a lot to be desired, but a lot of that classic sound that Stapleton is trying to throw back to also had lyrics that leaved a lot to be desired. It sounds so simple. And it’s because of that simple sound that a lot of work had to obviously go into this song. It takes a lot of effort to sound so beautifully effortless.

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