During the verses, Stovall stays mainly in her lower register, making the higher chorus hit harder. The whole song is made up of questions, with the questions in the verses more trivial, and the ones in the chorus containing some heavier questions about the future of their relationship. The continuous questioning throughout the song emphasizes the uncertainty of the relationship, with the slightly haunting production reflecting that feeling throughout the song. In addition, the repetition in the melody in the chorus creates a sense of desperation and makes it really sound like Stovall is searching for answers. In general, every part of this song is carefully thought out, and every production decision serves to enhance the message behind the lyrics. “Wine or Whiskey” is so well done because of that careful thought gone into it.
Vocally, Stovall doesn’t get particularly high throughout the song, which is a change for her as she usually aims to hit those high notes pretty early in most of her songs. But at the very end, she belts higher, sounding like a last ditch attempt of desperation. The effect is an incredible build throughout the track.
“Wine or Whiskey” is a turning point for Stovall. This song is miles away from the sound of “Mason Jar” or “Baby Come On With It,” and some fans may miss the fiddle. But the maturity and quality of this song is worth Stovall putting down her fiddle for a little bit.
Overall rating: 4 crowns