[Country music] is the music I always reach for when I’m in the car. I like it because it’s a simple yet highly sophisticated music. It uses few chords, its simple structure lending it an attachment to austerity. Because of its simple structure, it has to be highly sophisticated if it is going to touch the heart without people saying yuk. Nobody gets away with anything in country lyrics. If you listen to them against pop lyrics, there’s no contest. Those guys know how to write a verse. It’s often complex stuff, about love and divorce and law and sometimes quite obscure feelings that make most pop music very, very kindergarten.
From Tortoise-Shell Hero by Biba Kopf. New Musical Express, March 2, 1985. Photo by Anne M Bra.. Originally posted June 5, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric