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What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do opens with a steady gait, a country-rock chug, and within seconds we’re eased into the sound of Jeff Bridges’ rich, earnest, take-me-as-I-am voice. It’s the musical equivalent of slipping on a comfy pair of slippers.
More than anything else on the album, this cut bears the loudest echo from Crazy Heart, and with good reason: it was co-written by the late Stephen Bruton, who contributed music to the film, and features backing vocals by Ryan Bingham, who won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award for co-writing The Weary Kind, featured prominently in the picture.
T Bone Burnett gets off some earthy and choppy guitar licks in the mid-section, before turning it back over to Bridges and Bingham. The way the two singers, obviously enjoying themselves, double up on the chorus has the same ameliorating effect as a gentle pat on the knee from an old friend – or two, in this case.