Written by Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Duke, Ryan Griffin, and Josh Kerr
What is there to say about “Dibs?”
It uses the voice of a younger person well. She doesn’t sound like an older person trying to act young or anything like that. It’s age appropriate.
The arrangement is fine. Decent country sound. She’s a singer who knows her own range and works well within her parameters.
It’s reasonably pleasant radio filler built around a word that’s best suited for reserving the shotgun seat. It’s a ridiculous concept for a song, but at least she references the shotgun seat in it.
So I’m going to give her bonus points for being meta and for being appropriately snarky when doing that ridiculous rap breakdown at the end of each chorus. Always best when you’re in on the joke.
Congratulations, Kelsea Ballerini. You released the first single that I’ve reviewed in weeks that isn’t completely terrible.*
* Released by someone other than Alan Jackson, of course.