Edgy. Guitar-laden. Powerful. Sexy. Divergent. Those are five words I would use to describe Frankie Ballard...and they just so happen to perfectly fit his newest single, "Cigarette," also. Frankie is a friend to radio and has made a name for himself among fans. This is the guy we all want to see succeed, and his track record continues to improve with listeners. As for the song itself, it happens to have been penned by Chris Stapleton, Kip Moore, and Jaren Johnston. Add that power-trio of writing cred to Frankie's rock-tinged vocals and heavy guitar riffs, and the song comes alive with passion. The story is a simple one, of a man who spots a girl in a bar and is overcome with feelings of...love? Attraction? No, lust. Yearning, burning, on-fire-for-you lust. If I remember freshman year Bio101 correctly, a cigarette can take approximately seven to eleven minutes of your life -- but this particular cigarette might just be worth the risk. This isn't anyone's happily ever after, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be a hell of a good time for one night. "I don't want your number / I don't want your name, girl / I don't wanna waste your time / I don't want your heart, girl / I could only break it / I don't wanna wreck your mind // I wanna be a cigarette / Smoking on so cool / Or maybe that red wine / You're drinking down so smooth / I wanna be the fire / That's taking you higher / Girl you can leave me or let me burn / I wanna be your cigarette / Cigarette." Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?
Impacting: Monday, August 8th