In its popular form, Little Big Town’s hit “Better Man” places singer Karen Fairchild in the role of a woman whose pangs of loss after a breakup still can’t overcome the understanding that she’s better off alone. Singer-songwriter-musician Chase Bryan’s cover of the Taylor Swift-penned tune inverts the idea, transforming it into a song of intense regret from the other perspective.
By switching the accusatory “you” to “I,” Bryant becomes the man whose actions have wrecked this relationship. He acutely feels the loss as well, and realizes he’s the one responsible for causing all their shared pain. Bryant’s restrained vocal performance, with lovely backing harmonies from trio Runaway June, underscores the conflicting tangle of emotions and open wounds at the song’s core.
Bryant’s most recent single is the steamy “Room to Breathe,” which will appear on the Texas native’s forthcoming album. “Better Man” is the lead single from Little Big Town’s new album The Breaker, arriving February 24th.