Charles Kelley’s “Lonely Girl” was written by “Crash and Burn” writers Chris Stapleton and Jesse Frasure, and one would bet it was written on the same day. Kelley’s follow-up to the Grammy-nominated “The Driver” is a throwback recorded with modern soul.

The arrangement is reminiscent of the Zombies’ hit song “Time of the Season,” while “Crash and Burn” recalled a different ’60’s hit. The bass-heavy groove doesn’t dominate, however. As is the case with every song on The Driver, Kelley’s storytelling is what’s most prominently showcased. A strong chorus brings focus, while Kelley swings more freely at each verse.

This is a hot song. Kelley’s voice is as sexy as it’s ever been during “Lonely Girl,” the second single from his debut solo album. While “The Driver” single was an event, this is the pocket the 34-year-old seems best suited for; a kind of old-school R&B crooner that lets his band walk to the front of the stage with him.

Did You Know?: Kelley says that at the earliest, Lady Antebellum won't begin work on a new album until this fall.

Listen to Charles Kelley, “Lonely Girl”

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Charles Kelley, “Lonely Girl” Lyrics:

“What’s the matter / You used to be so in love, now you’re crying / He wasn’t everything you dreamed of / I got to tell you he really wasn’t ever good enough for you.”

Chorus:
“Lonely girl, you’re the only girl for me / Can’t you see /
When you’re all alone put this record on in your room / Oh and you won’t be lonely, you won’t be lonely girl.”

“Don’t you worry / I’m never gonna let you down / When you need me, I’m always gonna be around / Close your eyes, I’ll take your body anywhere it wants to go.”

“Just you (just you) and me (and me) and the sound (the sound) of your heartbeat’s rhythm / Just you (just you) and me (and me) and the sound (the sound) of your heartbeat’s rhythm.”

“I feel your heartbeat’s rhythm / Oh and you won’t be lonely, you won’t be lonely girl.”