Wonderful syncopated guitar riffs and piano work introduce Burning Bridges, a zesty and confident piece of modern country, which rattles along at a fair old pace with some terrific vocals from Bree Taylor.
Taylor has that rare quality in her voice that makes difficult vocal licks and emphases sound like they were easy to accomplish. At once, therefore, laid back and on-point, with a seductively gentle and warm vibrato, her voice harmonises beautifully with itself to elevate the vocal sound to a sweet spot that you look forward to hearing each time it comes around. She’s so confident in her delivery that she bites some phrasing off short – while letting other notes hold and then slide away. Great!
In a very astute and radio-friendly arrangement and edit, Burning Bridges ends far too soon – which is designed to get you hitting repeat. There’s still enough space to fit in a quick but effective guitar solo, however, and I particularly like the use of manic banjo picking to arpeggiate and drive through in the chorus – which really takes off like a rocket.
The pre-chorus has a terrific anticipatory build that’s designed to get the joint jumping when the chorus kicks in. It’s an unashamedly upbeat and smart trick that aims directly for the pop jugular, and hits it, in my opinion.
Smart, sassy and friendly, Burning Bridges makes you smile and delivers a wholesome, positive message. I don’t think I’ve ever described a song as friendly before, but that’s how it’s made me feel.