Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
Everclear is one of the few pop bands that I liked in the late 90s/early 2000s. While a lot of their music sounded similar, their grooves were addictive and their tunes were memorable (“A.M. Radio”, Anyone?).
As a result of enjoying Everclear, I’ll admit that I actually guiltily enjoy Jake Owen’s “Real Life.”
Written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Hayes, and Kelly Lovelace
Back in the days of cassettes, a faulty player would run the tape through a little too fast. It made the beat quicker and the singer’s voice a bit higher.
“21” sounds like Keith Urban album filler played on one of those faulty cassette players. He’s an Urban LP at 45 speed.
“Kick the Dust Up”
Written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley
I actually kinda like Luke Bryan. But I still hated this song before the first twenty seconds were up.
He sounds like he’s deliberately dimming his own talents, trying to get down to the Jason Aldean level when he’s got the chops to strive for Conway Twitty.
“That Don’t Sound Like You”
Written by Rhett Akins, Lee Brice, and Ashley Gorley
I really like Lee Brice. He’s got an interesting voice, and his phrasing is always original. It’s like he sneaks up behind his notes and surprises them.
“That Don’t Sound Like You” succeeds purely on Brice’s merits as a vocal stylist. The song itself is iffy.
“Tonight Looks Good on You”
Written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ashley Gorley
Great artists start trends, and when everybody else is catching up to what they started, they’ve already moved on to something fresh.
Jason Aldean is not a great artist.
Written by Luke Bryan and Ashley Gorley
Luke Bryan’s latest (and apparently final) Spring Break compilation is being promoted with the new single, “Games.” Thematically, it doesn’t connect much to the Spring Break concept, unless you just assume the events in question are taking place at some beach-adjacent house party.
“Young & Crazy”
Written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally
“Young & Crazy” is like a used car that’s been refurbished by a crack team of mechanics. From a distance, it can look brand new, but get a little closer, and you can see it’s been constructed with spare parts.
Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Jaren Johnston
We’ve reached a point where Billy Currington can release a “Hey girl, let’s get down tonight” anthem and sound like an elder statesman of country music.
“Just Gettin’ Started”
Written by Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley
Competently performed. Creatively stagnant. Completely unnecessary.
“I See You”
Written by Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, and Luke Laird
This is the sound of an artist that’s struggling against the confines of the niche he’s been assigned, but not being willing to give up enough of the trappings to completely break free.