By: Billy Dukes - Taste of Country
‘Threaten Me With Heaven,’ Vince Gill‘s first radio single in four years, is that special kind of song that assures older fans he’s not going to be straying from the classic style that served him well during the 1990s, while finding new fans with an easily digestible, spiritual lyric. There’s no doubt the country great would love to have another Top 10 or even No. 1 hit, but this song doesn’t compromise anything he’s become known for to achieve that goal.
‘Threaten Me With Heaven’ is a big song in terms of length (almost four-and-a-half minutes), message and its layered complexity. An easy comparison to make would be Tim McGraw‘s ‘Live Like You Were Dying.’ In Gill’s song, the protagonist is dying. “I can see the tears upon your face / No hiding place / You’re afraid that soon I will be gone / Time will still go on,” he sings to begin the song.