Chris Stapleton, ‘Millionaire’ | Track Review
Chris Stapleton returns with his second album of 2017, ‘From a Room: Volume 2.’ “Millionaire,” a Kevin Welch cover, serves as the promo single.
Chris Stapleton returned with a bang in 2017 with From a Room: Volume. 1. From a Room: Vol. 1 was comprised of just nine songs, but showcased the musicianship and the consistency of Stapleton. The expectation was that a second album would be released sooner than later, hence the announcement of From a Room: Volume 2 (December 1). Also comprised of just nine songs, “Millionaire,” a Kevin Welch cover, serves as the promo single.
With “Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton checks off the boxes we’ve come to expect from his music. The sound of the record is traditional and throwback, as opposed to contemporary. Even so, this old-school approach is what makes him incredibly appealing and in some respects, refreshing. Expectedly, Stapleton delivers a top-notch vocal, filled with nuance, spirit, and authenticity. Something else that stands out about this particular song is the vocal harmonization (he duets with an uncredited female vocalist).
All in all, “Millionaire” is another strong showing from Chis Stapleton. While this is a cover, he does a superb job of making it feel like his own. That is the way it should be when it comes to covering someone else’s work. Does “Millionaire” progress Stapleton to the next level? No, it’s a fine performance, but it doesn’t necessarily change the trajectory of his career or country music.