Billy Currington, “People Are Crazy”

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March 29, 2009

billy-curringtonIn a just world, this throwaway co-write by the great Bobby Braddock (“He Stopped Loving Her Today”, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”, “Time Marches On”) wouldn’t even have made it to the song-plugger. Instead, it’s the new single for a rising star who doesn’t have to do much to get anything he releases played by radio.

“People Are Crazy” is basically two minutes of flat barstool poetry, then there’s a quirky little twist in the bridge, then the song ends and you move on with your life. Billy Currington’s voice has warmth and character to spare, and he could be using it to create memorable records in the vein of “Good Directions.” This isn’t awful, but coming from a songwriter like Braddock and a singer like Currington, it could be so much better.

Written by Bobby Braddock and Wayne Jones.

Grade: C-

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  1. KentNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. One word: BORING.

  2. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    It actually sounds very nice productionwise, but the story is extremely vacuous, which would be fine if it didn’t seem like it wasn’t supposed to be.

  3. HubbaNo Gravatar says:

    when is he gonna get a damn haircut? He looks like Tony Shaloub’s character in Men In Black!

  4. DiamondNo Gravatar says:

    Saw him Friday night at the Opry. He did this one, and “Good Directions.” One was great, one was forgettable. Hint: Songs about turnip greens always stand out.

  5. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    “Good Directions” was sooo dang charming! I have to give Currington credit for pulling off too. I don’t know that everyone could have done it as well as he did. So, I just wish his talent had been more evident on this song. Maybe it would have worked then.

  6. Tom UKNo Gravatar says:

    Dull song with such an obvious twist that it’s almost insulting.

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