Written by Rodney Clawson, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, and Chris Tompkins
Country music isn’t historically prudish. It covers the topical gambit of love, drinking, cheating, murder and, yes, even passion. Conway Twitty, Alabama, Charlie Rich, even Alan Jackson ,as well as many others, haven’t shied away from memorably singing about sexual intimacy. But their songs maintained a respect for the intimacy, which Jason Aldean’s “Burnin” it Down” grossly fails to do. Instead, the song is high octane graphic with no sense of real intimacy and nothing left up to the imagination.
There’s a line between a passionate love song and a passionless song. There’s a line between a sexy song and a sex filled song. And there’s a line between a classy, passionate love song and a classless, passionless sex filled song. “Burnin’ it Down” crosses the line to the latter categories on all accounts.
What’s more, I know that readers will tell me that I shouldn’t have been surprised at this point, but it’s been so long since I’ve turned to a mainstream country radio station that I was still dumbfounded by how decidedly non-country this song sounds, especially the intro! It’s something that would fit perfectly on a pop station and might even sound good there, but it’s way too low rent in the context of country music. With that, it’s no surprise that Florida Georgia Line is connected to this smoldering piece of dreck. I think I’ll pull out some wholesome Conway Twitty to cleanse my mind now!