Steve Holy – “Love Don’t Run”
Songwriters: Ben Glover, Joe Leathers and Rachel Thibodeau
Curb artist Steve Holy’s last album was released back in 2006; five years can seem a lifetime, an agonizing, career-challenging lull for a star in the music business. To his credit, his latest single “Love Don’t Run” showcases a voice with newfound maturity, and a lyric with more emotional depth than both his #1s combined (“Good Morning Beautiful” and “Brand New Girlfriend”). Five years off sounds good on Holy.
In this melodic ballad, he sings the part of a grounded male–confident, but not cocky; powerful, but not in-your-face; sensitive, but not whiny. Bracing himself for what he fears to be a hard hitting truth from his girl, he tells her that whatever it is, he can take it, wants to make things right and is unwilling to give up on their relationship. The listener meets up with the couple right at that point where he’s about to face the fire and walk through it. “This is gonna hurt, this is gonna hurt like hell/This is gonna damn near kill me, sometimes the truth ain’t easy.” Holy assures her, though: “Love don’t run, love don’t hide/It won’t turn away or back down from a fight.” Sung from the heart, he seems to convince himself, as well, with his argument.
This song has an economy of lyric and simple production that slowly swells with a gut-felt cinematic piano sweep–in all that instrument’s bass-note glory. It’s a straightforward pop love-anthem rendered without the stark imagery and philosophical leanings of another piano-driven song at country radio–Lady A’s “Hello World”–but delivered honestly and with gusto by Holy.
Compared to the light-weight ear candy of “Good Morning Beautiful,” which held the top spot for five weeks in 2002, “Love Don’t Run” has more emotional meat on the bones. This, along with his well-rested pipes and an Enrique Iglesias look, ought to make for a handsome comeback for the singer.
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