The probability of Corinne Cook’s new single “Blah Blah Blah” leaving my head anytime soon is scant to none, but you’ll find no complaints out of me. The endlessly catchy country track seemingly takes the best bits of iconic country hits of the past and pieces them together into something effortlessly smooth and clever; it’s no wonder Corinne Cook has had as storied a career as she has thus far, she’s a gem.
Refusing to bend to gender stereotypes, Cook’s latest chooses to give audiences a recounting of a night that’s as honest and organic as possible. The lyrics recall a situation that is as cringe-worthy as it ends up endearing, beginning with Cook and her husband on a romantic date… until his friend sees them and decides to slide on into their booth. The hilarity that ensues is pulled off so well due in full to Cook’s vocal delivery, going from hesitantly perturbed to exasperated and straight-up bored and unenthused.
The narrative of rounds of drinks continuing to pile up at the table pushes the narrative clock ever forward for Cook, whose lack of enthusiasm inevitably turns towards drunken hijinks as she joins in on the conversation about sports to remark about Tom Brady and Tim Tebow’s good looks. The air of camaraderie and drunken silliness that concludes the song is sweet enough to put a smile on your face, even if you’re as anti-country as they come.
Corinne Cook and co. (say that five times fast) have a hit on their hands, the lyrics being goofy and repetitive enough to get repeat airplay. There’s a special amount of singability about the track, too, partially due to the chorus’ backup vocal provided by Melissa DuVall. The writing done by Cook and Denny Martin is a major flex, too, as the hook of “Blah Blah Blah” could probably give anything on the Top 40 a run for its money, and finding anything on there remotely close to this would be a hard task. There’s something so endearing and lovable about the general approach taken towards a track this simple and fun that doesn’t seem to generally exist in modern music nowadays.
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General audiences will surely be drawn to Cook’s effortlessly cool and fun attitude on display with “Blah Blah Blah,” but even though the song feels simplistic, there’s no denying the insane work ethic that must have gone into crafting it. John Heinrich’s addition of the baritone saxophone adds another much-needed level to the single, bringing a warm, deep texture out of instruments that don’t generally go against woodwinds.
The work done by Heinrich was the initial strong takeaway for the piece before digging my teeth deeper into the vocal stylings, and after a few listens the saxophone remains one of my favorite elements. Unsurprisingly, there’s a great deal to love and take away from “Blah Blah Blah” and there’s almost no denying that anyone you ask will have a different piece of the composition that stands out to them most. That’s the sign of a hit song if I’ve ever seen one, and Corinne Cook knows her hit songs well!
by Patrick Orr