The song opens Edmond resident Stoney LaRues second studio full-length, Velvet, six years after The Red Dirt Album. At times, LaRue and his band (which features CMA favorite Randy Scruggs on guitar) kid themselves with the limited singers range, but they really nail the dark, smooth feeling suggested by the title, with soft-rock guitar fills and a mysterious flute lilting in and out.
Dresses isnt really one of those songs, but it works as foreboding introduction to the drama that plays out in Wiregrass and Sharecropper. The anxiety cast by the intro and lyrics on Sirens and Has Been seem much truer to LaRues expertise.
With songwriting partner Mando Saenz, he shamelessly mixes metaphors to maintain a rhyme in the last verse of Look at Me Fly, however, which combines with a limp, rock-dude chorus to form the albums only grievous misstep. It sounds badly out of place.
Eventually, the title track does shine a sense of closure on the album, but only a sense. You just dont know how long I can stay, LaRue sings. When an LP lacks a strong scene and a full vocal range, intuitive lyrics can only do so much.
LaRue plays Friday at Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan. For more information, call 601-6276 or visit wormydog.com. Matt Carney