I tend to find that, just like buying a football mail order, most Diane Warren songs arrive flat packed and need some serious inflating before they're usable. In the pomp of her late eighties/nineties heyday, heavyweight puffers like Cher, Michael Bolton, Belinda Carlisle, Gloria Estefan and Heart were always on hand to provide enough air to round them out, but country star Rimes is not a lady known for unnecessary bluster. In fact, her chirpy vocal doesn't add a hell of a lot of oomph to Warren's 'Can't Fight The Moonlight', but the resulting boredom is not necessarily all Rimes' fault; if the song itself is a flat football, then it was delivered with a hole in its inner tube that not even a gutbucket Cher vocal could have overcome.
Usually the doyen of the soft rocker or power ballad, Warren's song this time slips into a hinterland between the two that ticks neither of those boxes with any satisfaction. Rimes gamely looks for the hook to snare the casual listener but it's simply not there and the lack of it makes 'Can't Fight The Moonlight' a watched kettle that never boils, while the "Well just wait until the sun goes down. Underneath the starlight there's a magical feeling so right, it will steal your heart tonight" lyric is as flat, contrived and taste free as the 'Coyote Ugly' bar of the eponymous film that this soundtracks; as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter how scantily clad the bar staff are or how suggestively they dance on the bar, it's no substitute for quick service on a Friday night when all you want is to get pissed I'm afraid. Similarly, Warren's faceless song is no substitute for.....well anything meaningful really.