Cory Branan has a knack for romanticising hurt. On 'Imogene', the first single from Branan's forthcoming record Adios, the country singer painfully croons for a lost love whilst painting the most vivid picture with his words. This is not your typical love song; although very little about Branan's songwriting ever is typical. A lyric like "you were hemorrhaging life" is unlike anything you hear from almost anyone else and lyrics like that can't help but be striking.
Staring me down from the artwork, Cory Branan oozes as much cool as his words. A song like 'Imogene' just makes you feel bad ass for listening to it. That is until you realise you'll never be able to write anything close to this song or any from Cory's back catalog. Shit.
Once you've cleaned out all of the self-doubts, you should be able to go back and listen to the song; appreciating that, with every word, Cory is giving you a glimpse at real life through rose-tinted glasses, albeit cracked ones. 'Imogene' is brilliant and tainted at the same time, but that's just the way Cory Branan does things. He picks up on the little things; the things other people don't see or maybe other songwriters don't think are relevant and he makes them matter.
A soft and soulful country song with a dark black heart, 'Imogene' has me incredibly excited to hear the rest of what Cory has in store for us on Adios.