A love song that doesn't drip

A tip from . . .J.D. Considine

May 31, 1998|By J.D. CONSIDINE

There's nothing wrong with falling for a big, soppy love song -- people do it all the time. But it's no fun being bullied into tears by some big-voiced, overly emotional ballad singer. That's why Edwin McCain's single, "I'll Be," seems such a breath of fresh air. Although its sweet, waltz-time melody and tender, you-know-I-care lyrics fit the Big Ballad formula, McCain's gutsy, rough-around-the-edges performance keeps the song from slipping into middle-of-the-road drippiness. It's a soft-hearted ballad even macho men can appreciate.

McCain includes the song on his Hootie-ish current album, "Misguided Roses." You can also catch him in concert on June 7 at the 8x10 Club, where he'll be sharing the stage with quick-witted singer/songwriter Pete Droge. Call 410-625-2000 for information.

Pub Date: 5/31/98

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