“Do I Make You Wanna”
Written by Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins
What’s going on with Billy Currington?
He’s a great singer who developed a clearly defined personality on record over the course of his career. His aw shucks country charm, coupled with legitimate vocal talent, has always allowed him to slip convincingly between unabashedly country humor, heartbreak, and romance, tackling all three with authenticity.
So why does he sound like a demo singer pitching material to an artist better suited to sing it? “Do I Make You Wanna” is a weak attempt at being amorous, hobbled by childish ideas of what seduction should look like (“truth or dare”) and suggestions for the evening that are all over the place, ranging from Vegas flights to truck stop scratch-off tickets.
Gone is the Currington who will wait patiently by the turnip truck to see if the gal comes back around, and that’s a shame because nobody besides Currington is able to pull off backwoods charmers like that with the same sincerity.
“Do I Make You Wanna” would have been marginally acceptable on the debut album of an artist still searching for his voice and for access to top drawer material. Currington is well beyond that status now, and this record is simply beneath his talent.