Josh Turner – “Why Don’t We Just Dance”
Josh Turner is blessed with one of those rich voices that can sing just about anything and make it sound great (“Trailerhood” being the exception that proves the rule). In the past four years, he’s chalked up six consecutive top 20 singles, and his newest, from upcoming album Haywire (scheduled to drop in November), looks like it will continue his streak.
Remember Neal McCoy’s 1995 smash “They’re Playin’ Our Song?” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” is its more energetic cousin. Here, Turner is simultaneously playful and earnest in a manner that’s reminiscent of his cover of “One Woman Man” and his fastest rising single to date, “Firecracker,” as he asks his woman to turn off the television and start cutting a rug with him.
With a boisterous barroom piano and fiddle arrangement, “Why Don’t We Just Dance” is catchy enough to inspire a listener or two to boogie on down to the tune of Turner’s cajoling: “This little bitty living room ain’t gonna look like much/But when the lights go down and we move the couch it’s gonna be more than enough/For my two left feet and our two hearts beating/Nobody’s gonna see us go crazy/So, baby, why don’t we just dance.” It’s three minutes of escapist fun, and Turner’s charming performance on the track is further proof that he’s one of country music’s most talented young A-listers; this may not be the greatest vocal turn of his career but it’s still a pleasure to listen to.
Welcome back to country radio, Josh. You’ve been missed.
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