Single Review: Big & Rich, "Party Like Cowboyz"

I don’t even know how to review these types of songs anymore.

You know what you’re getting from the title alone.  Suffice it to say that “Party Like Cowboyz” does not defy expectations in the least.

Yes, the production is loud enough to wake the dead.  Yes, they shoehorn in a fiddle and banjo in the beginning, only for such to

be quickly forced out by layers of screaming bass and electric guitar.  And yes, the lyrics are so forehead-slapping dumb as to make Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” sound like a musical revelation.

Yes, from the opening cry of “Come on, cowboys and cowgirls, it’s time to par-tay!” to the stupid “Z” slapped onto the end of the title, this is just bad, bad, bad.  Big & Rich quite seriously sound like they’re not even trying anymore.  It feels like there isn’t even any point in poking fun at this dreck because Big & Rich are making fun of themselves.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Written by Big Kenny, John Rich, Rodney Clawson, and Vicky McGehee
(Cue the requisite “It took four writers to come up with this?” jabs)

Grade:  F

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10 Responses to Single Review: Big & Rich, "Party Like Cowboyz"

  1. Erik NorthNo Gravatar

    This is the kind of schtick that I really think gives country music a black eye to those who might otherwise have gotten into it but, thanks to these clowns, probably won’t.

    And yes, Ben, “Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz” is absolutely right (IMHO).

  2. MarkusNo Gravatar

    This was actually one of the better singles on their recent album.

    This song is decent if you try not to take it too seriously.

    And it also sounds like a song that would be great live.

  3. TomNo Gravatar

    …i mean it’s rubbish, but good enough to be picked out of the musical garbage bin pretty early. this coma drinker’s lullaby should not be enjoyed sober. best just before passing out.

    liked the big toys line, but can’t see what it’s got to do with gasoline.

  4. klarkNo Gravatar

    “yur just jellious ben.
    you will nver have what dey have. their like amuhzing.. lolz”

    wait, that comment will be coming from an overzealous fan, in which in all cases not me.

    Are they making parody of themselves? Anyway, this is going to be a flop. A big fat one, actually.

  5. They virtually always seem like a parody to me. The sad thing is, I don’t think they mean to.

  6. TomNo Gravatar

    I guarantee that they weren’t singing “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” seriously, this is just the natural progression of their outsized PARTYGUYS! personae.

    Of course, they have talent and “That’s Why I Pray” is actually quite good, so I’m a little disappointed that they’re releasing this piece of crap as a single

  7. KarlyNo Gravatar

    This review literally made me laugh out loud; nice work, Ben!

    I was thrilled when Big and Rich went away for a few years; can this flop so they stay away for good?

  8. Justin CiderNo Gravatar

    What is wrong with just cranking it up loud and pouring on the gasoline? It isn’t like every song out there has to have some deep philosophical meaning. Sometimes it is fun just to get out ther, crank it up to 11, and party like cowboyz. I think this is a fun rocking song.

  9. Erik NorthNo Gravatar

    Nobody’s saying that Big & Rich have to be deep and philosophical, because I think most of us know that you don’t really use those terms to describe these guys. But I’ve heard infinitely better party records, country and otherwise, than this over the decades.

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