Single Review: Sunny Sweeney — “Drink Myself Single”

Juli Thanki | October 13th, 2011

sunny sweeneySongwriters: Sunny Sweeney, Monty Holmes

Sunny Sweeney’s past two singles, “From a Table Away” and “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” show her ability to deliver a damn fine country weeper. But Sweeney can also cut loose with the best of them, as she shows on this rowdy track.

“Drink Myself Single,” co-written with Monty Holmes (who’s had a hand in, among other songs, Lee Ann Womack’s fantastic “Never Again, Again”), is a bit of Loretta Lynn-esque sass wrapped up in a footstomping, radio-friendly arrangement. “I wanna find out what it’s like/To stagger in the house like you do every night/Sneaking into bed like I don’t know the truth/I really wanna know what it’s like to be you,” Sweeney drawls as electric guitars and fiddle battle it out behind her. In true country song fashion, the best way to experience life’s other side, while simultaneously erasing a few bad relationship memories of a soon-to-be ex along the way, involves wedging oneself into a skintight outfit, knocking back a bottle or two of wine, and kissing every guy in sight. With a raucous arrangement transporting listeners into their nearest smoky dive bar and Sweeney’s go-to-hell delivery, it’s near impossible not to get wrapped up in her booze-and-boys panacea of “Drink Myself Single.”

While “From a Table Away” and “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” earned Sweeney a well-deserved amount of airplay, it’s this song that should make her a household name among radio listeners and CMT viewers.

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  1. SamB
    October 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

    It took me a few listens to really appreciate this song, but now I’ve properly got into it, I really enjoy it. Manages to be a fun drinking-song without being brainless. Some of country’s men could learn a valuable lesson from this song.

    That said, I still far prefer “From a Table Away” and “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” – the best two songs from an excellent album.

  2. Rick
    October 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    When I first picked up a copy of Sunny’s latest album back in the spring of 2010, “Drink Myself Single” literally jumped out of my speakers and grabbed me by the throat it was so good! It has remained my favorite song off the album and I’m really hoping Top 40 AirHead Country Radio programmers give it a fair shake, although this week’s Mediabase adds chart is discouraging in that regard.

    I saw Sunny perform this song live three times back in July 2010, a good year before the album was released, and the audiences got rowdy and absolutely loved it upon their first encounter. As I’ve mentioned previously, I told Sunny this needed to be her second single at a time “From A Table Away” was just beginning to work its way up the charts. Hearing Sunny sing this song from the stage of Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield brought a tear to my eye as the setting was perfect for a song like this.

    I’m truly hoping this song will do extremely well at Top 40 country radio, but that’s not something I have any control over. My recommendation for the next radio single would be the Jaida Dreyer co-write “Fall For Me” with the long instrumental intro shortened to maybe one single strum of a guitar. That is the most modern / contemporary sounding song on the album making it probably the most radio friendly. Only time will tell. Go Sunny!

  3. Wayne
    October 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Seems like she is struggling to get radio time. Not due to her by the way.

  4. Scooter
    October 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Best song on the album. I hope this one does well.

  5. Ben Foster
    October 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I would love to see this song be a big hit. I was bummed that “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” had such a mediocre chart run, but I could see radio biting on this one. I love the spite and vindictiveness in the lyric and delivery, and like SamB said, I appreciate how it can be fun without being totally brainless.

  6. Blake Boldt
    October 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I like the song, and I’m a fan of Sunny’s overall. But I wonder if the song might have had a bit more swagger and some extra “punch” if it were just a half step slower.

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