October 5, 2012
My natural inclination is to hate any song that employs the word “bikini” right in the opening verse, but there might actually be a decent feel-good country rock jam in here somewhere.
The 80′s drum machines need to go. They do not sound good. But the generous amounts of dobro and banjo seem to add a lot to it, with both instruments being well-suited to the relaxed good-time vibe the song attempts to create. As literal and one-dimensional as the lyrics may be, they don’t necessarily preclude a song’s ability to connect on a ‘fun fluff’ level, and even a mediocre song can be easier to take if the artist delivering it sounds like he believes in it.
The boys of Florida Georgia Line here sound like they honest-to-God can’t wait to roll those windows down and do some cruising. The song likewise connects solidly on a melodic level. The production may be a little too much, and the lyrics may be rudimentary, but between the absorbing singalong-friendly melody and lively performance, the song has a couple of big things going in its favor.
A less-is-more approach would likely have been more effective in creating the song’s intended mood. But even at the very least, the song definitely has some good guilty pleasure cred going for it.
Written by Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, Joey Moi, Chase Rice, and Jesse Rice