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BUY THIS MUSIC BECAUSE...,
This review is from: Tailgates & Tanlines (Audio CD)
...although the album cover and album title suggest this is simply a collection of songs about partying with Mr. Country McDreamy in a v-neck t-shirt, that is just the half of it. The first half of the album is basically about having a good time or the effects of having a good time - whether it's good dancing', good lovin', good drinkin', or bad drinkin' and losin' it all. These are fairly fun and pleasant songs, but they border on being run-of-the-mill Nashville Top 40 style - let's call it cotton candy country...
The last half of the album grasps for something deeper, darker, and truer - and suddenly Luke Bryan has substance. "Harvest Time" is reminiscent of a Ryan Adams or John Mellencamp style ode to one's hometown. "Muckalee Creek Water" displays story-telling confidence worthy of Garth Brooks. "Tailgate Blues" has a familiar, folksy, hymn-like quality to it. You get the idea.
First half of album = cotton candy
Last half of album = meat and potatoes
FOR FANS OF: Any good looking Top 40 country act, Garth Brooks, Ryan Adams, John Mellencamp
TOP TRACKS: "Harvest Time," "Muckalee Creek Water," "Tailgate Blues"
FINAL GRADE = A-
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2012 8:22:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 20, 2012 8:22:43 AM PDT
Synth on a Plinth says:
LMAO, John Mellencamp is NOT 'country'. Small town, yes. NOT country. That pretty much renders the rest of your interview moot for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2013 1:29:00 PM PDT
Actually, if you listen to Mellencamp's latest "No Better Than This", the country reference isn't really too far adrift.
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