“Too Good to Be True” indeed continues in the tradition of “Amen,” namely in its use of interesting similies and metaphors, especially in the memorable chorus: “Too good to be true, like diamonds on the soles of my shoes / Like money falling out of the blue, don’t be fooled / He ain’t nothing but too good to be real…” warns Hannah about the man who broke her heart. The production is slick but not overdone or bombastic, and the Dobro solo before the last chorus is a nice touch. I especially like the ending, when her bandmates join in on echoing the “you’re just too good to be, you’re just too good to be true” amid the many minor chords.
It’s been years since I’ve been so excited about all the new material coming out from month to month. I honestly can’t remember a year that’s produced as much musical variety and as many interesting songs as 2012 has. “Amen” was a superb first outing, but “Too Good to Be True” is about 20% cooler. I’m cautiously optimistic about this left-of-center song’s success, and even more optimistic about the left-of-center group that delivers it.