Album Review – Florida Georgia Line’s “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country”
When it comes to popular music, every generation has its goat. And no, we’re not talking about the hip social media acronym for the “Greatest of All Time.” We’re talking about the sacrificial kind—the one synonymous with an ornery horned land animal that eats your garden and shits everywhere. It’s the band that’s too ubiquitous to “just ignore it if you don’t like it.” It’s the one that sucks up all of the worthy attention from much better bands to the point where responsible citizens must criticize them with full-throated vehemence. It’s the band that seems to be completely immune to self-awareness, and sings directly to the sensibilities of the great American meathead. It’s the one that seems to be super popular, but everybody you speak to positively hates. And in this generation, that band is Florida Georgia Line.
It happens to be that producer Joey Moi has been responsible for two such goats, with Florida Georgia Line proceeding Canadian butt rockers Nickelback in his production stable. And now whether we like it or not, this pair of tractor rapping doofus bags have gone on to define this generation’s version of “country” music for millions, despite the protestations of many. Florida Georgia Line is so bad, they’re considered a guilty pleasure even by their superfans. No self-respecting individual would ever profess their support for this outfit. It’s the reason the CMAs regularly pass them up for awards, despite their sales being some 20 times that of Brothers Osborne. And still, despite the embarrassment they have become, they’re wildly successful.
We can, and we will say that Florida Georgia Line and this new record ain’t country, because as an overall assessment, they ain’t. Southern pop perhaps, with country music tokenisms like passing notions of steel guitar garnishing some of the tracks similar to a delicate sprig of thyme or a freshly-picked mint leaf deftly placed upon a steaming pile of diuretic stool. That said, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country probably is the duo’s most country record to date, as they promised it would be. It’s probably also not the worst record they have released. That distinction likely remains secure with their second record, Anything Goes. But don’t take either of these pronouncements as plaudits. They are simply symptoms of the low bar these two knuckleheads have set for themselves over the last half dozen years by running the good name of country music into the everloving ground.
As disturbing of a notion as it is to even consider some mainstream country performer attempting to dabble in a “woke” version of the music, (see Keith Urban’s misfire called “Female” as an example), putting Tweedle Do and Tweedle Dum on the case is an even more daft idea. This was illustrated in one of the album’s early tracks, the mawkish and list-tastic “People Are Different.” Don’t be fooled into thinking FGL’s “Women” with Jason Derulo is some ode to the gentler sex. It’s an insult veiled in social awareness. The Cruise boys talk about how they need to “get one” in the song like a woman is a pair of Air Jordans or the latest 4K television. And even if the trajectory of “Women” would have been on target, it still in no way would have atoned for degrading tracks on the record such as the Brian Kelley-led “Sittin’ Pretty,” the radio single “Talk You Out of It,” or arguably the worst song of Florida Georgia Line’s already vile and monstrous career, the aggressively offensive “Swerve.”
Screw trying to speak to the plight of women. The statutory implications of a line like, “Does your daddy let you date?” coming from the 32-year-old Tyler Hubbard, combined with the objectification and indolent writing of phrases such as “…with that booty in them pants” means you might get
#metoo’d in your office space simply by listening to “Swerve.” And if you think those concerns are being too prudish, try to not be offended as a country fan by the music of this song, which sounds like the 8-Bit sound bed of a boss level in a 90’s Nintendo adventure game.
But that’s about the worst that Can’t Say I Ain’t Country has to offer. Most of the stuff here is nowhere near passing grade, but there is a lot of standard Bro Country braggadocios radio douche stuff that’s probably not worth getting too steamed over, and is what you expect from an outfit such as Florida Georgia Line—stuff like “Y’all Boys,” “Small Town,” and “Can’t Hide Red” with Jason Aldean. The lead single from the album “Simple” had us worrying that they’d go full Mumford & Sons on this record, which luckily didn’t happen, though it would have been an improvement on what they turned in here. Surprisingly, one of the most tolerable and most traditional songs on the record is the title track, as well as the decent “Speed of Love” that would have worked as a 90’s radio hit without the hands claps. But even then these songs carry the same list-like lyrics, boastful attitude, and stereotypical notions of what “country” is that degrade the music and generally insult the listener.
There also are a few moments when Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard actually do act like the married, 30-somethings they are. Stupid whistles and hand claps aside, “Simple” feels personal to them. So does the swaying and bluesy “Told You.” But these passable efforts are so demonstrably buried on a 19-track anchor of one vapid offering after another, there is no rehabilitation to be had. This includes the incredibly-useless “skits” by some dude named Brother Jervel. When you listen to a Florida Georgia Line song like “Cruise” or even “Swerve,” you can picture in your brain the kind of assholes you knew in high school who probably enjoy this tripe. But even they have to be crooking their head to the side like when a dog hears a funny sound at these skits tracks. They’re not funny in any sense, not even in a folksy or cornpone sort of way. They almost feel insulting to the same type of sensibilities Florida Georgia Line is trying to appeal to with the title of this record.
Shaking our little balled up fists at Florida Georgia Line and registering our protestations upon their efforts has done little to stem the tide of their undue and inequitable popularity. However we must continue to hold faith in the much more cool-minded and objective assessment that history bestows to all popular music, which eventually relegated acts like Nickelback and others to their rightful place. Hopefully Florida Georgia Line will suffer a similar fate, and sooner rather than later. And Can’t Say I Ain’t Country—despite the effort to rewrite the narrative for themselves with the title of the record and terrible “woke” tracks—will only be another entry into the evidence file of their undeserved success.
1 3/4 Guns DOWN (2/10)
February 27, 2019 @ 11:51 am
The defining moment of the douchieness of FGL, is when they became the house band for Sean Hannity. Sean is the FGL of conservative talk radio.
Hey Arnold, A Stand Up Guy
February 27, 2019 @ 6:42 pm
FGL recently went on Jimmy Fallon show and demanded to be interviewed on the couch… it was pretty awkward. Really shows off their true side… here is a youtube link.
February 28, 2019 @ 6:44 am
I hate these douche bags as much as the next guy, but in all fairness that was clearly a joke.
Hey Arnold, A Stand Up Guy
February 28, 2019 @ 12:37 pm
@Brent, yes… a Larry Sanders / Garry Shandling joke. Just wanted to stir up something lol
February 28, 2019 @ 12:42 pm
It was all staged geeeezus lighten up!
King Honky Of Crackershire
February 28, 2019 @ 6:03 pm
“Kung Fu” Sean Hannity is the Keith Olbermann of conservative talk radio.
February 27, 2019 @ 11:54 am
I don’t fault FGL for making a buck. I don’t fault them for having a good time. I just think they’re stool pigeons for a soulless industry.
February 27, 2019 @ 2:49 pm
I fault them…there are plenty of artists who could probably be huge if they sold out just to be famous. Wade Bowen’t “The Given” may not have been his best album (that honor goes to either “Lost Hotel” or s/t). It was an attempt to break into mainstream, but it didn’t sell out to do so, and when it wasn’t the breakout success some would have liked, he didn’t sell out to become what would have sold big….he went right back and made s/t.
So I DO fault FGL for their way of making money…they are part of the soulless machine. They’re the key grinding gear in that machine. And I fault them to the end of time for it.
February 28, 2019 @ 5:26 am
But they never sold out. They started out the same way they’ll finish. Selling out implies you change your sound just for money. If nothing else, they are consistent.
Saving Bro Country Music
February 27, 2019 @ 11:55 am
There does seem to be a commercial backlash against them. The opening week sales were absolutely atrocious for an act of their profile (granted, the sales downturn has finally started to hit country … and I don’t believe they had a bundle to inflate the numbers).
Radio, meanwhile, treated “Simple” like a disposable, artificial #1 even though it DID sell well enough to warrant “real hit” treatment. The new single hasn’t exactly been flying up the charts.
And this is all coming despite the success of Meant To Be.
July 6, 2019 @ 2:33 pm
It hasn’t launched up cause how it’s treating the girl in song. Most guys that listen to country respect women to tell a woman don’t get me wrong I love that dress but now I just talk you out it is a douchbag move.
North Woods Country
February 27, 2019 @ 11:58 am
Nickelback is a hell of a lot better than Florida Georgia Line, if I might add. Infinitely better. Their last album was heavy as hell, including a single that sounds like a well-done tribute to Sevendust.
Florida Georgia Line bore me to death.
February 27, 2019 @ 11:58 am
What on earth has ABBA done to be listed as comparable to FGL and Nickelback? Dancing Queen still iconic 40 years later which is more than either of the others can say and on average when it comes to 70’s disco I’d say they’re mid-upper tier. If you want an example from that genre look up “Disco Duck” or Donna Summer
February 27, 2019 @ 12:24 pm
I’m not making any direct comparisons of the music of Florida Georgia Line, Nickelback, or ABBA. I simply used those names to illustrate how certain bands become punchlines over time. Even if you’re a massive fan of Nickelback or ABBA, you must be aware how these acts were the go-to popular culture references of bad bands for years. Perhaps time has been more kind to ABBA, and their reputation has been rehabilitated recently. But throughout the 90’s, they were the A1 band to make fun of.
Also, I took the reference to ABBA out of the review since so many were taking this entire article as a rebuke of ABBA as opposed to a very fleeting reference.
February 27, 2019 @ 12:39 pm
Ok well when I made that comment I was the first one so sorry if I contributed to a comment storm.
Born in 1999 so I didn’t know that, the go-to punchlines for bad music that I’ve come across are Nickelback, Vanilla Ice, and Justin Bieber (There were like two years when he was Public Enemy Number One despite not being really that bad or really very noteworthy at all)
February 27, 2019 @ 12:43 pm
Vanilla Ice is another good example.
February 27, 2019 @ 1:20 pm
Bon Jovi is another one…and I am a HUGE Bon Jovi fan from back in my teen years, but they were they butt of a whole lot of jokes.
February 27, 2019 @ 3:32 pm
February 28, 2019 @ 5:04 pm
February 28, 2019 @ 6:13 pm
No way Corncaster…not Axl. Don’t even try to lump him in with the likes of Milli Vanilli. He was an Indiana kid that wrote great songs and GNR hit the scene like a shot of adrenaline.
February 27, 2019 @ 12:01 pm
I will skip this record. The rare occasion listening to radio me and my husband usually change the station when these clowns on being played. Thanks for your time on the review!
February 27, 2019 @ 12:07 pm
Wow- you equate Nickelback with ABBA? That’s absurd Trig-
I mean not to brag but Mamma Mia was one of the highest grossing films of 2008 and its sequel was successful. Their music has stood the test of time.
February 27, 2019 @ 12:31 pm
ABBA was the punch line to music jokes for over two decades. Conan O’Brien was merciless towards them, and wrote anti-ABBA jokes into SNL and the Simpsons beyond his own comedy. That 70’s Show, and scores of other sitcoms used ABBA is the illustration of the worst of the disco era. If their reputation has been rehabilitated recently, and people love their music now, awesome for them. My only point is that some bands become the “goat” of a generation, meaning everyone loves to hate them. And Florida Georgia Line is that bands for the here and now, just like ABBA was during the anti-Disco backlash of the 80’s into the early 2000’s.
February 27, 2019 @ 5:46 pm
Except that unlike ABBA, I seriously doubt FGL is going to ever be anything but a punchline and/or the object of ridicule after their fifteen minutes of fame are up.
But while they still have those fifteen minutes, they’re still polluting what used to be a credible genre in mainstream country music. And while they’re still here, they are living proof that reports of the demise of Bro-Country and its various offshoots (Metro-Bro, etc.) are greatly exaggerated (IMHO).
February 28, 2019 @ 5:52 am
ABBA are one of the most harmonically complex groups to ever do it. You kind of have no fucking idea what you’re talking about. Their songs are incredibly intricate. When you’re as big as ABBA, you’re going to feel the brunt of a lot of jokes. That’s the nature of the world, especially the music world. The Carpenters were a joke to a lot of people, too, but it doesn’t stop Karen Carpenter from being one of the best vocalists of all time, and it doesn’t stop their songs from being beautifully crafted. Be smarter.
February 28, 2019 @ 6:28 am
The smartest thing you’ve ever said on here.
February 28, 2019 @ 7:29 am
Ditto on the Karen Carpenter assessment (and my taste veers more toward Nico). B. J. Thomas is a similar example. ABBA’s material was respectable, and they proved to be the forerunners of Swedish Pop (which has produced some of the most thoughtful music from any genre / era).
My point is that you can be popular (pop) and good. You The problem with FGL, Nickelback, Bieber, Vanilla Ice, Kane Brown etc. isn’t that they are popular or pop, but that they are essentially laboratory concoctions created by the merchandising department of major labels seeking to cash in on the heritage of real artists, and like kudzu, they end up exceeding whatever value they might have and crowd out truly creative musicians.
February 28, 2019 @ 12:02 pm
I never said anything about ABBA’s music. And if you don’t know that they were the brunt of jokes for 2 decades, you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.
February 28, 2019 @ 5:07 pm
Atomic Zombie Redneck
February 27, 2019 @ 12:09 pm
I bought it, put it on my mp3 player, and did my usual routine for every FGL album; listening and removing tracks I don’t care for (which is mainly the more pop oriented songs). I removed six songs and all of the (god awful) “skits”.
What I have left is a nine track album. I like it, and I do think it’s somewhat more mature than the previous albums. Is it more country? I guess Speed of Love qualifies, but the rest of the songs are more or less the same alt country that we’ve heard from FGL before.
It’s not going to win over anyone that hates their other albums, but it’s satisfactory for someone like me who enjoys the band, even though I’m well aware of their flaws, and I’m sure their hardcore fans will dig it.
February 27, 2019 @ 5:09 pm
This is exactly how I feel about this album and the band in general.
Jumpin' Jack Flash
February 27, 2019 @ 12:13 pm
Nailed it again, Trigger. “Swerve” and the “woke tracks” are flaming hot garbage and probably the worst songs in the catalog to date.
February 27, 2019 @ 12:17 pm
ABBA is fucking fantastic. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
February 27, 2019 @ 12:19 pm
I can’t even muster up the effort to give this a hate listen.
February 27, 2019 @ 12:32 pm
I love these articles. Concise, comedic, critical commentary on country music.
Keep up the good work!
February 27, 2019 @ 12:33 pm
Poor sales for these poor guys. The end is approaching.
February 27, 2019 @ 12:45 pm
I listened to some of it and it’s rubbish, but is there any sexy or suggestive content you don’t find offensive?
February 27, 2019 @ 12:53 pm
I find a 32-year-old asking a girl if her dad lets her date offensive. But yes, music is inherently sexual, and we can’t be too prudish about it. The problem is Florida Georgia Line does it all the wrong way. They’re not sexy like Kris Kristofferson was when he had the audacity to drop the term “body” in a country song, they’re just creepy.
February 27, 2019 @ 1:23 pm
Nothing is creepy – it’s a buzzword popularised by anti-sex prudes.
February 27, 2019 @ 2:12 pm
Is R Kelly and/or his behavior creepy?
I’m far from an anti-sex prude but, come on guy.
February 27, 2019 @ 3:01 pm
Yes he is very creepy. He’s been in jail for his creepiness.
February 27, 2019 @ 3:18 pm
I don’t think you have to be an “anti sex prude” to say the situation Lydia Loveless dealt with was creepy, or the idea of a 32-year-old hitting on a girl so young he has to ask her if her daddy lets her date.
I also agree there is a point where you can get too uptight about this kind of stuff.
February 28, 2019 @ 7:42 am
These songs are creepy (but they’re also tongue in cheek).
Hank Penny – Catch ‘Em Young, Treat ‘Em Rough, Tell ‘Em Nothin …
Wayne Raney – Undertakin’ Daddy
February 27, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
“music is inherently sexual”
February 27, 2019 @ 4:37 pm
Yeah, I mean… just listen to Josh Turner sing “Amazing Grace.”
February 27, 2019 @ 5:56 pm
Music is inherently sexual. And I don’t know anyone who has covered music from a sociological standpoint that would refute that. There are some exceptions, like with everything, of course. Ann K. Powers wrote an entire book on this a couple of years ago:
February 27, 2019 @ 4:09 pm
How in the world is music “inherently sexual” I mean some music, most of it bad, is made for that purpose but did you mean music as a whole? Because that’s honestly how it comes off in that comment which doesn’t make any sense
February 27, 2019 @ 5:53 pm
I think the answer to that is self-evident. But I also don’t think it needs to be explained that some people don’t like ABBA, so I don’t know what the fuck is going on in this comments sections.
February 27, 2019 @ 7:49 pm
Well I don’t think the answer to that is self evident. Just because that all Pitbull and Jason Derulo sing about doesn’t mean it’s inherent, tons of music doesn’t even have lyrics! What about the entire genre of classical music? Even in pop music it only comes up about half the time, surely not enough to call it inherent. Taylor Swift’s most recent song Delicate was about her struggle to find emotional vulnerability and her lead off single Look What You Made Me Do was about how she’s evil (lol)
February 28, 2019 @ 9:39 am
My biggest takeaway of this comment section is how many country fans like disco. I think you can respect talent and still know that disco sucks.
February 28, 2019 @ 10:53 am
What I think Trigger means is: much of music is trading on romantic fantasy. Most songs in popular music are love songs. Many who are single find some kind of reassurance in it. Others consider such songs to be their own affirmation towards their lover. Historically, the very idea of singing is considered romantic, and the idea of a singer singing a love song is even more so.
And this isn’t even touching on the topic of dance music as a soundtrack to physical gyrations and other such demonstrations of sexual availability.
King Honky Of Crackershire
February 28, 2019 @ 11:32 am
Music is inherently sexual?
I’ve got to here your explanation for this idiotic claim.
King Honky Of Crackershire
February 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
February 27, 2019 @ 12:52 pm
Luckily there’s enough material here that I can dispose of the dreck (‘Swerve’, all of the skits) and still be left with an enjoyable album’s worth of material. ’Sittin’ Pretty’, ‘Told You’, and ‘Talk You Out of It’ are especially strong. I give this 1.5 pop country guns up.
February 27, 2019 @ 1:13 pm
When you say “pop country gun” are you referring to some kind of a hemorrhoid suppository insertion utensil?
March 2, 2019 @ 8:20 am
Nah, Sittin’ Pretty is bro trash too.
February 27, 2019 @ 1:02 pm
The short version: meh.
The long version: meh-meh.
Other shitty Nashville stuff:
Filmore – “Slower” (new Curb artist)
Ingrid Andress – “Lady Like” (new Warner Nashville artist)
Alexander James McLean – “Boy & A Man” (better known as AJ McLean…)
February 27, 2019 @ 2:31 pm
“Other shitty Nashville stuff”
I see a box set in the works!
February 28, 2019 @ 1:21 pm
A job worthy of Bear Family Records.
February 28, 2019 @ 4:46 am
Boo. I actually like Ingrid Andress. She seems really talented and I wouldn’t define her song as shitty.
February 27, 2019 @ 1:05 pm
I really don’t get where their air time is. I travel all over the country – driving 9,000+ miles a month, I listen to whatever country station comes in. Sometimes I luck up a classic country station, but it’s usually pop garbage. Still, don’t think I’ve heard these idiots 10 times in my life. Where would a station even fit them in between Dan Loves Shay songs?
February 27, 2019 @ 1:16 pm
Been waiting for more than a week for this review and you certainly did not disappoint. I tried streaming it but damn, it’s only downhill from here for them
February 27, 2019 @ 1:40 pm
Speed of Love does feel very 90ish, they’ve done much worse. Swerve, on the other hand, is God awful.
February 27, 2019 @ 1:44 pm
The fact that John Prine sold more copies in the first week of “The Tree of Forgiveness” last year than FGL did with this album is my favorite thing.
February 27, 2019 @ 3:13 pm
Just curious how you did the math? John Prine sold 54,000 equivalent albums the 1st week and FGL has sold over 400,000 equivalents in 12 days?
February 27, 2019 @ 3:36 pm
Florida Georgia Line’s fourth studio LP, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, enters Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated March 2) at No. 1, earning 50,000 equivalent album units (29,000 in traditional album sales) in its first week, ending Feb. 21, according to Nielsen Music.
February 27, 2019 @ 3:12 pm
did I read that right ..? 19 tracks ?….NINETEEN ?? Ten ..PLUS NINE more ???
last time I saw ‘ deals ‘ like that was at a thrift store close-out sale . guess that’s wishful thinking at the kruise kids warehouse . NINETEEN more songs I need to avoid getting in the way of . H-O-L-Y truckload of tunes , batman ….this is more material than a queen’s greatest hits package .that’s a lot of exploiting going on no matter the price . they are going to monopolize a person’s time for a 19 song listen . THAT fact would be wild enough even if if it WAS a queen’s greatest it package .
I suppose we should be thankful for the fact that these guys are only ‘music’ hustlers and not real-estate speculators or food inspectors . at least we can ignore music . or , God forbid , running for office . they seem to have this uncanny ability to dupe people into believing they are a ‘thing’.
maybe next time they release anything , trigger , you could just put up a yellow CAUTION sign as your review . that’s what they do in most places where there’s a risk of injury .
February 27, 2019 @ 3:13 pm
Gotta concur with the comments pointing out disappointing sales. Dig Your Roots sold 145,000 units back in its first week of release in 2016; Can’t Say I Ain’t Country only sold 50,000 in its first 7 days (sadly, still a number 1 debut on Top Country Albums). Numbers don’t lie, I think they already hit their commercial peak. Downhill from here for these ‘country’ boys.
February 27, 2019 @ 6:26 pm
They had no chance in hell of getting past the juggernaut that is Ariana Grande, which put a petty smile on my face. Haha!
February 28, 2019 @ 8:53 am
as popular as grande is , she is, in my opinion, a pop version of the supposed country FGL in terms of material : trendy , shallow, forgettable radio drivel sold with sex and ‘fashion’ to an impressionable youth demographic .
the difference is …she is a great singer ( if in need of diction coaching ) wasting her time and talents on completely forgettable music ( mariah carey ) while FGL are great at nothing and wasting OUR time on completely forgettable music .
but as always …i digress
February 28, 2019 @ 9:56 am
Not all of her music is about sex. And I agree that she needs a diction coach. She is a great singer and that’s what really sets her apart from those 2 clowns….and she’s not putting out atrocities like “Swerve” or “Talk You Out Of It.” I literally FLINCHED when I heard “Swerve.” Ughh.. #songsofdeath #makeitstop
February 27, 2019 @ 3:24 pm
Well said Trigger. It’s sad we have so many idiots who listen to this. I had an experience on a plane with a few of them. My son had to hear all sorts of graphic stuff no two year old should ever hear. As I got continually more pissed off, I heard them talk about how awesome the FGL concert was they had been to. That was when I realized they truly possessed no intelligence. It also gave me a new personal association with this band of pop rejects. FGL is the worst thing to happen to country music ever.
February 27, 2019 @ 3:34 pm
No offense Trigger but hoptowntiger’s review in yesterday’s comments was just as good :)-
February 27, 2019 @ 3:45 pm
29,000 units sold? Get woke, go broke.
February 27, 2019 @ 4:25 pm
First song: 7 seconds. Don’t know what the hell that was, but couldn’t take it.
Second song: actually made it through the whole thing. Must have had enough of that country seasoning sprinkled on top. Kind of spaced out, though, so it was more of a background listen. The autotune is so prominent, you can smell it.
February 27, 2019 @ 4:49 pm
Still prefer to hear small town, can’t hide red, can’t say I ain’t country, or y’all boys on radio as opposed to meant to be.
February 27, 2019 @ 5:51 pm
Something that I found odd, is the Dan and Shay camp deciding to take a backseat to them on their tour this year. This seems like the time that Dan and Shay would launch their own big headlining tour. It just seems like FGL needs them there more than they need FGL.
February 27, 2019 @ 6:03 pm
Nobody knows who Dan + Shay is. Their numbers come from manufactured streams similar to Kane Brown. They’re definitely growing, but Florida Georgia Line is still a massive touring concern. Dan + Shay couldn’t fill theaters. Kane and Luke Combs are the ones who can pack arenas.
Hey Arnold, A Stand Up Guy
February 27, 2019 @ 6:36 pm
Not accordingly to Scooter Braun.
He reps Zac Brown Band too
February 27, 2019 @ 5:58 pm
Wow! So much negativity:( Things change! I personally never cared for “classic country” Toby Keith and Garth got me listening. Then, Little Texas ,Diamond Rio, sawyer Brown, etc. Made me love it. There’s many different kinds of music for many different kinds of people. Don’t hate, just listen. There’s some amazing talent out there. I’m sure u can find something great. If not, there’s always the moldy oldy stations:)
February 28, 2019 @ 8:18 am
You had me at “I never cared for classic country.” From your word choice, you sound like an aging soccer mom desperately trying to hang on to the last threads of her youth by writing off music from your time as “moldy oldy” music.
February 28, 2019 @ 9:04 am
AldeanFan62…..you force us once again to remind folks about the mission .
Listen to whatever music you like , buy or support whichever artists you like ….share their product , go to their shows , sing along , wear the T-shirt ……. whatever . JUST DON’T CALL IT COUNTRY MUSIC when there are so many REAL country artists trying to write , perform and SAVE the artistry and traditions of the genre WHO ARE BEING IGNORED . You wouldn’t want Merle , Patty Loveless , George Strait or Hank on your pop station all day long . WE DON’T WANT POP MUSIC ON COUNTRY RADIO . ESPECIALLY trendy , manufactured pop music .
That should be easy enough to understand . THAT is what this site is about . Nobody is putting down jazz or classical or blues or reggae or any other kind of music BECAUSE THOSE OTHER genres are not masquerading as COUNTRY music and forcing themselves onto country radio. They seem to have more respect for country music listeners tan the pop wannabes.
February 28, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Whenever I see a comment like this I wonder if the poster accidentally ended up here after getting lost on the way to CMT.com.
“country has to evolve,” “not everyone likes that twangy stuff,” “no one wants to listen to their grandpa’s music.”
February 27, 2019 @ 6:24 pm
I tend to stay away from dumpster fires like FGL, Trig, but thank you for the review lol!
Plus, Ryan Bingham & Hayes Carll put out new records around the same time FGL did. Damn great albums!
February 27, 2019 @ 7:12 pm
Your Review is disappointing. Instead of giving a numerical value you should have written just “Not Country”
February 27, 2019 @ 7:25 pm
NINETEEN tracks?? Good Lord. I think probably one of the dumbest trends to come out of the streaming era so far has been what I call “stream boosting,” which is where artists just include a boatload of tracks to an album to squeeze out as many potential streams as possible. It’s a garbage technique that just ensures the existence of filler. Very few artists could put together an original collection of nineteen great songs at one time, and FGL sure ain’t one of ’em.
February 27, 2019 @ 8:44 pm
Trigger, your post is hilariously good and absolutely correct.
Mike Honcho, leave your lib-tard opinions to your self and go back to sitting on Anderson Cooper’s lap.
February 27, 2019 @ 9:25 pm
LOL…. oh this could get good. That guy definitely isn’t a liberal.
February 28, 2019 @ 11:49 am
Did you eat paint chips growing up?
February 28, 2019 @ 12:05 pm
No. Nor did I sniff gasoline fumes. And my comment stands concerning your original comment. Not a comment on you. Don’t know who you are or even care. My comment is directed towards your comment only.
February 27, 2019 @ 8:52 pm
At least they are doing some country (bro) duets with Aldean and Hardy. Much better than bebe.
February 27, 2019 @ 9:43 pm
As someone who generally likes FGL (more as a guilty pleasure than anything, they’re pretty much the only blatantly non-country act in “country” music that I actually like).
Speed of Love and Told You are legitimately good.
Blessings, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, Simple, Colorado and People Are Different are pretty mediocre but I’d say overall leaning more positive.
Everything else is mediocre (Women, Small Town) to absolutely god awful (Talk You Out Of It, and Swerve, which I think is likely the worst thing they’ve ever done). Also the skits are just dumb. Like I can’t say they’re funny, nor are they at all repulsive… they’re just there, and don’t really accomplish their goal in any substantive way.
Overall, I was basically expecting it to be an awful album, but as you stated Trigger, it’s not their worst. In fact, I’d say this is likely their second best. Stating this record is “country” still, though, is just folly on their part.
February 27, 2019 @ 10:06 pm
Other than having to do with FGL, this is totally unrelated but I think folks might find it interesting. My sister in law is in the foreign service and stationed at the consulate in Mumbai. I was talking to her husband when they came back for Thanksgiving and we were discussing Indian holidays. His favorite was Holi, which is a spring rite. The most memorable component of that holiday is the throwing of colored powders at other merry-makers. This reminded me of the end sequence of the Cruise video, which I then showed him. What is depicted there was quite typical of a Holi festival. Realizing this, the whole thing seemed a rather strange but fascinating juxtaposition of cultures, especially considering the all-American motif of the video. Add to that the title of their later single and it is all quite interesting.
February 28, 2019 @ 6:42 am
I heard that opening skit and right away once again damned Larry the Cable Guy’s yankee ass for that fat, stupid, megachurch attending bad accent having chest puffing belt hitching oversized RAM driving grammatically challenged pile of dogshit that has become a role model for every yokel with no daddy (and some with). I seriously blame him for all of this music.
February 28, 2019 @ 7:43 am
Uh, what did you just say?
February 28, 2019 @ 8:21 am
Was expecting a slew of soccer moms, airheaded dudebros and rabid underage fangirls to rush to their defense, but so far I haven’t seen much of anything. People really are tired of these guys.
February 28, 2019 @ 12:45 pm
I love hearing people bitch about FGL. Funny thing is, you know who they are but in their world you don’t exist. Keep hating!
February 28, 2019 @ 4:57 pm
That doesn’t offend me in the slightest.
February 28, 2019 @ 10:24 pm
I’d be curious to know who IS in their world (pretty sure I’m not, and I have to say I’m glad of that). What musicians do they listen to? Which greats from the past have influenced them? Because what I’ve heard from FGL sounds pretty groundless and rootless. They have to praise themselves (in the video for “Women” for example) because it seems they don’t know of anyone else to praise. At least some of the other pretenders have the humility to name check Merle Haggard or Willie Nelson as influences.
P.S. I don’t hate FGL. My contempt is reserved for the Frankensteins on Music Row who created them.
February 28, 2019 @ 2:36 pm
You actually did it. You actually listened to this album. You self hating bastard why do you put yourself through this?!?!?
February 28, 2019 @ 5:56 pm
Makes me glad I’m 65,not 25,’cause I may be too old to get #MeTooed (Who knows when my #Timesup ?)
Anyway,until there are more women played on the airwaves,FGL and other such fare will likely dominate the charts and airwaves. How ’bout it,ladies ? (Or,better yet,how ’bout it,PDs ????)
March 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am
LOL. What is “The Plight of Women” referred to in the review? I am female and have never considered myself to be in a “plight”. Women who can handle their business are not prone to plights. And so laughable that men buy into this garbage.
David f james
March 2, 2019 @ 3:16 pm
This site is called saving county music so WTF is FGL being mentioned? Start a new site called destroying all music so you can write about assfucks like FGL and kane brown Luke Bryant ect
March 2, 2019 @ 3:21 pm
Saving Country Music was founded in 2008, and took direct inspiration for the style of content from artists such as Hank Williams III, Dale Watson, George Strait and Alan Jackson, and others that were voicing their discontent on what country music had become. In that spirit, hard but fair criticism is offered toward pop country acts who are defaming the music, and tearing under its traditions. There is nothing more at the heart of “Saving Country Music” than that.
March 3, 2019 @ 5:54 am
I get it. I get your point, but with that said, I “evolve” with change…and grow with it. Maybe there’s not a “bro-country” radio station more suitable. If you create a new recipe, make it, bake it, package it and SELL IT…it’s because IT TASTES GOOD! Roll with the changes. It’s healthy.
March 3, 2019 @ 7:06 am
Why aren’t many people ripping on Thomas Rhett? Lol
June 5, 2019 @ 5:15 am
Y’all I usually hate everything else they make, (what with horrible autotune and the lead singer’s grating nasal voice) but sittin pretty gave me plus points with wife when it played on our anniversary. Seems less creep-vibe and more like a song you’d dedicate to someone when you’re already married/in a relationship. If the girly-looking one sang more often, they’d probably get more votes from me.
August 2, 2019 @ 9:57 pm
I freaking love this album and FGL in general. I honestly never cared for country till middle school, then the cruise remix with nelly came out. After that I decided to listen to the original version, then the rest of FGL’s debut album. After that I decided I liked country and started to listen to pretty much only that. Now the only music I listen to is country, and some of my favorites are Riley Green, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, etc. But I never would have found these artists if it wasn’t for FGL. They don’t even care about if there really “country” or not, they like that they are something new. They want to bring new people into country music that normally wouldn’t give the genre a chance, and I think they do a good job of that. Like them or not, they have grown a huge fan base through experimenting on other genres that most countries artists wouldn’t go to