Review – Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” (a semi-rant)
Warning: Some Language
At this point, Florida Georgia Line has settled quite nicely into being the great American sedative of our generation. Just as producer Joey Moi did with Nickelback before them, this music affords a vacation from self-reflection or truly beneficial thought. ISIS is beheading people in the Middle East and engaging in horrific genocide, the economic disparity between social classes continues to increase and has never been more pronounced, even stalwart institutions of American culture like the NFL are leaving the populace in doubt. But that’s okay, you can put on the latest Florida Georgia Line single and all the girls are hot, all the guys get laid, and libations and narcotics are at your beck and call. This is the type of vacationary audio lubrication that keeps the engine of corporate America purring along just fine. Don’t get down; get high and buy shit.
Florida Georgia Line would be perfectly happy with continuing to put out Bro-Country “dirt road, beer, tailgate” schlock. After all, they’ve let it be known multiple times that they’re dumfounded by all the Bro-Country critcism. If stadiums are filling up then it must be working and will work forever, but Scott Borchetta put out a company memo to leave that stuff with Dallas Davidson and Chase Rice to sink with, so what we get instead from Florida Georgia Line’s new single “Sun Daze” is a reversion back to the stupid-ass beach bum singalongs—aka the same garbage Bro-Country replaced. Hell, “Bacardi” and “flip flops” are much easier to find things to rhyme with than “tailgate.” Screw that we’re actually heading into the Winter, it’s always sunny in shitty country music la la land.
The diehards will never admit it, but when you boil down the music of “Sun Daze,” it’s pretty much harmless. Of course it’s not country, but at this point, pointing that out feels like a clichÃ© in itself. Imagine the music that’s playing when “The Fool” of the Tarot deck goes carefree stepping off the side of a cliff. That’s “Sun Daze.” But it’s not terrible. In fact there’s an extended dobro solo at the end of the song, which is just about as much or more solo instrumentation than you will hear in most any country song these days. This is a stupid song, but there’s space in the music world for these type of mindless hum-alongs.
Where “Sun Daze” turns aggressively awful is in the lyricism. Now to be fair, there’s nothing in “Sun Daze” that we haven’t been hearing for years in pop radio or in Parental Advisory fare, so let’s not freak out about the downfall of civilization. But the problem is that country has now taken over as the leader in raunchy innuendo and overt lyrical references. Time was country music was the safe location on the dial, and KISS-FM is what your 4-year-old didn’t need to hear. Now the pop station is playing inspirational and confidence-building tunes from Lorde and Meghan Trainor, and country is the home of the unfettered smut fest.
If I’m lucky, yeah, I might get laid.
The way that it’s goin’ that keg gon’ be floatin’.
All I wanna do today is wear my favorite shades and get stoned.
Kris Kristofferson with the help of Johnny Cash in 1970 already crossed the Rubicon of calling themselves “stoned,” and the result was the CMA for Song of the Year. But there was also a story behind these references, and a deep and dour feeling of self-loathing and reflection, if not a diagnosis of the moral depravity one found oneself in. The simple fact is “Sun Daze” needs this bawdy language of “get laid” and “get stoned” because that’s all it’s got to separate itself from vapid nursery rhyme. “Sun Daze” farmed a melody that was so Mother Goose, they needed to gussy it up with something controversial to have at least something that would pass for “edgy.” Talking about getting laid and stoned in a country song is simply a cry for attention, and is demographic pandering to the repressed suburban boys and girls this stupidity appeals to.
The second verse of “Sun Daze” takes it to another level.
Stir it up as we turn on some Marley
If you want you can get on Harley
I sit you up on a kitchen sink
Stick the pink umbrella in your drink
Well you’ve been anything but coy up to this point in the song fellas, why don’t you just come out and say it? You plan to stick your penis in her vagina … but all of a sudden you don’t have the testicles to spell it out.
What rank immaturity. And it does seem to make it a little worse that they’ve decided to do their pink umbrella sticking on the Lord’s day. Not to get too preachy or anything, but that is the everlasting dichotomy of country music: let loose on Saturday night, and atone on Sunday. Now let’s screw that tradition all up as well since it makes for catchy, purposely-misspelled crud jargon for über douches whose “religious” ideals are only as skin deep as their $700 bicep tattoos of Gothic crosses that are more about marketing than expression or reverence.
There’s much worse out there folks, which is sad to say in itself. That’s the evil genius about Joey Moi and Florida Georgia Line. They passed on the song “Burnin’ It Down” which the duo co-wrote (and was cut by Jason Aldean), and I don’t care if it shot to #1 because the label sent a Brinks truck over to Clear Channel driven by hookers with cocaine—“Burnin’ It Down” is a polarizing song that is destined for the waste bin of country music history because deep down it’s just really bad. But “Sun Daze” is America’s next ear worm. Of course it sucks, but Florida Georgia Line once again proves its ability to craft an engaging melody to enrapture America’s gullible middle. And the descent of country music registers yet another low water mark.
Two guns down.
(aka, any points for melody construction are erased by the transgressions in the lyricism)
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And P.S.: Quit naming of monogenre strings of artist together like, “Rock a little bit of hip-hop and Haggard and Jagger.” That’s now as clichÃ© as pickup trucks and beer.
“Sun Daze” is written by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, and Cary Barlowe, Jesse Frasure and Sarah Buxton—who should all know better.
September 18, 2014 @ 9:51 am
I just cannot wrap my head around the fact that there is an audience for this shit.
Looks like the vid was pulled. Fine by me. Once was too much.
September 18, 2014 @ 9:52 am
Nuke that- I guess it’s still up.
September 18, 2014 @ 9:56 am
It’s awful! I think it’s an insult to Chad Kroeger to even be compared to these guys. While his songs may have gradually went more pop, at least a lot of the songs like “Photograph” and others were not horrible and idiotic like these. These songs just have absolutely no depth or even thought put into them. It’s just people sitting around trying to come up with stupid ass lyrics, recycled from previous songs.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:11 am
Chad Kroeger is horrible and idiotic, Nickelback is to rock 100% the same as is FGL to Country. Nickelbacks songs are excactly the same as bro country, absolute trash, pointless dribble. I’m sure the dumbasses in Nashville are already planning out a CMT crossroads episode with a collaboration of these two misical discraces!
September 18, 2014 @ 10:35 am
I asked this question on Twitter the other day. What’s worse: Nickelback or bro country? Both sound the same on every single song. And I hope you just didn’t give them an idea for the CMT Crossroads thing. Nickelback and [insert bro country artist here] together would make for one of the worst songs ever.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:32 am
I don’t think Nickelback is good either, but I would completely disagree that they are anything near this bad and I don’t think it’s even close.. These lyrics are literally like they are being written by 6 year old trying to rhyme like terms.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:45 am
Nickelback’s most famous songs, “Far Away”, “Photograph”, and “How You Remind Me” are far better than bro-country.
As I have said before, bro-country represents the lyrical nadir of recorded commercial music from any era.
September 18, 2014 @ 2:29 pm
“As I have said before, bro-country represents the lyrical nadir of recorded commercial music from any era.”
I don’t agree with that. Not to pick on hip hop, but I still think 2000’s-era commercial rap music, particularly “crunk,” takes the cake in that department. Take a gander at songs like “Shake That Laffy Taffy,” “Ms. New Booty,” and the collected output of one Mr. Soulja Boy. (There are some other incredibly stupid ones I can’t remember, because I’ve done my best to blot them out of my consciousness.)
I always thought it was unfortunate that a genre such as hip hop, which is based so much in lyricism, became associated in the mainstream with songs containing such poor lyrics. And unfortunately I think bro-country (and mainstream country in general) absorbed the lyrical values of bad commercial rap, which is really not a good fit for the genre, in my opinion.
September 18, 2014 @ 9:59 am
Five co-authors should be the first warning sign that there’s trouble ahead.
September 19, 2014 @ 12:52 pm
My comment was gonna be: “It took 5 people to suck it up that badly?”
September 18, 2014 @ 10:07 am
I am getting so tired of the dumbing down of lyrics and the irresponsibility of those who “sing” those lyrics. How many kids because of songs like this are thinking it’s okay to get drunk/stoned and have a meaningless hookup while FGL is blaring in the background. Tired of hip-hop being mentioned in “country” songs, tired of lyrics that mean nothing and here’s yet one more song of theirs I’ll turn off as soon as it hits my radio airwaves. I have no idea what you’d call their music but they’re not country, they’re not hip-hop, they’re not pop, they’re just lost little boys who are leading their rabid followers in directions they shouldn’t be going. So much for the almost “promise” of Dirt. Arrrrrrrghhhhhh!
September 18, 2014 @ 10:09 am
And the fact they’re doing a live gig on the premier of “Nashville” just adds more flame to the fire. Guess who will find something else to do for the three or four minutes (hopefully not more) of screen time they’re on.
September 18, 2014 @ 1:17 pm
“Nashville” has to pull in the ratings this year or it’s curtains. It’s a ratings stunt if there ever was one. I wonder how “Music Director” Buddy Miller feels about it.
September 18, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
September 18, 2014 @ 2:37 pm
As far as I’m concerned, it’s time for the “Nashville” show to die.
September 18, 2014 @ 4:07 pm
I still watch Nashville, but it’s getting further and further from what it was in the beginning. If Chip Esten were ever to leave, I’m not sure I’d care quite as much about it …
Jesus Is The Only Way To Heaven
September 18, 2014 @ 10:29 am
“Dirt” is the only song of theirs that I don’t dislike. God bless.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:17 am
I would never listen to them in a million years, but I just can’t even bring myself to hate these guys anymore.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:26 am
September 18, 2014 @ 10:55 am
I can too, instant blood pressure spike when the name arrises!
Jesus Is The Only Way To Heaven
September 18, 2014 @ 10:27 am
I’m sick and tired of “edgy” music. I’m a Christian and have no use for it.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:49 am
Not to mention, it’s really not that edgy anyway when everyone else is doing it. In today’s country music environment releasing a song like “Life Turned Her That Way” or “I Gues Things Happen That Way” (just to name a couple) would be much edgier than continuing to churn out crap like this.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:55 am
JITOWTH, I’m a Jew, and I have no use for it. And I’d bet my Muslim auto mechanic would have no use for it, either.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:40 am
U R all jus a bunch uv jelluz h8rs! Theez gize R the best! They R rilly country an sing the bes muzik!!
Jesus Is The Only Way To Heaven
September 18, 2014 @ 10:47 am
I really hope and pray that you are being sarcastic.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:57 am
I don’t think that you are old enough to be on the computer without adult supervision.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:13 pm
Lil Dale! Give it a freakin rest man! Everybody knows that’s you.
September 19, 2014 @ 5:23 am
Actually, no, that’s not me. I haven’t written in for a week or so because it makes everyone mad. Lil Dale was just a joke man. I’m sorry to everyone he annoyed. It was fun while it lasted but all good things must come to an end. You won’t have Lil Dale to kick around anymore.
September 19, 2014 @ 9:31 am
No!!! Come back, Lil Dale. Miss your insight, and your zest for all things Sugarland!
September 19, 2014 @ 10:18 am
September 19, 2014 @ 11:20 am
One million strong for Lil Dale
Strait Country 81
September 18, 2014 @ 10:49 am
Just put them on the race track at night time with Tony Stewart.
September 18, 2014 @ 10:54 am
I bet Merle is thrilled to be name dropped in this song. And Bob Marley is rolling over in his grave. Also, unless they’re talking about Mick Jagger’s solo albums, it’s the Rolling Stones, damn it!
September 18, 2014 @ 1:20 pm
Once again these artists show their skin deep knowledge of artists. Merle Haggard would kick both their asses. Bob Marley wasn’t all about sitting on a beach smoking pot. He was about fighting political oppression and other social issues through song—shit way over the heads of these two knuckleheads.
September 18, 2014 @ 1:40 pm
I’m not so sure about that. Hag is pushing 80, and he’s a pretty small guy to begin with. I’m thinking Ty and Bri might take him if they both fought him at the same time.
September 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Metaphorically speaking of course.
September 18, 2014 @ 7:29 pm
I’d put all my dough on Haggard. It would be a man
against two children….
September 19, 2014 @ 1:36 pm
Yeah, but they’ve got all that jewelry. He’d cut the hell out of his knuckles punching them.
September 18, 2014 @ 8:04 pm
I don’t even know where to start. I guess I could go with how sick I am of all this name dropping crap. I get it. These are singers closer to the age of 40 than 30 pandering to listeners in their teens or early 20s. Well, I’m on in my 30s, grew up in south Alabama and I can tell you, at those little parties in the woods we weren’t listening to Hank, Haggard or Merle. We were teenagers and as such we listened to what was popular at the time. I imagine they were too. So this name dropping of classic artists to me is just a pathetic plea for credibility.
Second, if there were any justice in the world, these morons would never have stood on a stage in the worst dive bar of whatever town they happened to be in at the time let alone had airplay. These “bros” have made a fortune lampooning the very areas they grew up in and twisting the people of those areas into a caricature. The worst part being that a good portion of their youth fan base will take this crap to heart and start trying to live out what they’re singing.
September 18, 2014 @ 2:49 pm
As always with this type of reference, I wonder if the FGL boys actually have any Haggard on their playlist in real life.
September 18, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
I’m going to guess the answer is a big, fat, honkin’ NO.
September 18, 2014 @ 6:51 pm
If they do they need to start listening to him more. They don’t cover Haggard or any country at shows. They’ve said rappers are their influences and cover them.
September 18, 2014 @ 7:10 pm
These guys are just names to them. That goes for the rappers too I’m betting. Mention Haggard or Jones and you must be country mention Drake and you are not too country.
January 5, 2015 @ 9:40 am
I think so called “country” artists like FGL use references to Merle, Waylon, Cash, Strait, etc. in a negative way. The way I see it, FGL referenced Merle to remind you that:
“Hey! This is a country song! It doesn’t sound like it, but we mentioned Merle Haggard so that you will be reminded!”
Dan+Shay did the same shit in one of their songs when they referenced hanging out with a girl while listening to George Strait in one of their songs (and for the life of me I can’t remember which one). The same tactics used by FGL
Artists like Alan Jackson though have it right. Alan references Hank Williams Sr. and George Jones many times in his songs. Hell, “Midnight In Montgomery” didn’t just give Hank Sr. a mention, but the whole damn song was centered on him.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:06 am
This song ”¦ ugh. It embodies so much of what I hate about music, and peoples views on life in general.
I really enjoyed this review though, I am loving the “semi-rants”, they have the same passion as the previous rants, but with more substance.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:10 am
I don’t’ know whats more disturbing, this song or the Youtube comments for this video.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:28 am
Thanks for the great album cover idea, Trigger. A Brinks truck parked in from of Clear Channel driven by hookers with cocaine. I’ll call the album “Play Me”.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:30 am
“the economic disparity between social classes continues to increase and has never been more pronounced”
I know that SCM is not a political site, but quotes like this confirm its true political leanings: economically liberal and culturally conservative.
In a sense, that type of political view is truly representative of many old Southerners: poor rural folks who revered both traditional Christianity and the New Deal. The New South is far more economically conservative due to greater wealth.
September 18, 2014 @ 1:00 pm
Who cares. Why must EVERYTHING be crammed into a political label.
What a sad and cynical way to go through life.
September 18, 2014 @ 5:07 pm
Nothing sad or cynical. As a political junkie, I just enjoy this type of analysis from time to time.
September 18, 2014 @ 5:36 pm
It’s the height of arrogance to make these proclamations based on a few sentences on a totally unrelated topic and your own pure speculation. Being a political junkie doesn’t give you some all knowing ability to accurately label someone’s personal political beliefs when you don’t even know the person.
September 18, 2014 @ 6:34 pm
1) The whole “analysis” part is somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
2) Maybe I went too far with the word “confirm”, and should have used “hint at” instead.
However, clear patterns of deep values can be gleaned from certain hints.
When someone repeatedly criticizes corporate power, calls for increased regulation (by repealing the Telecom Act, for example), and even criticizes economic inequality, then it is relatively safe to assume that the person holds some economically liberal values.
Similarly, when someone repeatedly talks about moral decay, attacks cultural melding, criticizes some women for “not respecting themselves”, etc., then it is relatively safe to assume that the person holds some socially conservative values.
September 18, 2014 @ 6:39 pm
For the record, I absolutely agree with most of the economic views that Trigger hints at on SCM. In my view, the real roots of country include a strong strain of economic populism, and I am glad that Trigger and much of the SCM community is bringing that back into the country music sphere.
September 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
I guess my main point is that you can do all the assuming about people that you want but why post about it on topics that have absolutely nothing to do with politics on a website about country music.
There are literally thousands of politically oriented websites where this would be more in line with topics at hand.
September 18, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Well, I’ve been at work all day and therefore have not been able to hear the actual song in question yet. Therefore, I have been making political posts out of pure boredom.
I apologize for taking the thread off topic.
September 18, 2014 @ 7:03 pm
No need to apologize it’s just a pet peeve of mine when people politicize everything. I come to sites like this to escape the constancy of it all and when it creeps here or into sports it really bugs me. Seems like recently there is no escape from it all.
September 18, 2014 @ 1:24 pm
With all due respect Eric, I wouldn’t try to pigeon hole me. There are plenty of conservatives concerned about the economic divide as well, and many non-partisan economists who see it as shaky ground to build a recovery on.
September 18, 2014 @ 3:13 pm
The concern about economic inequality, the strongly anti-corporate rhetoric, and the advocacy for increased corporate regulation (e.g. by repealing the Telecom Act) all fit a pattern. Economic conservatives who worship the unregulated free market would disagree with you on all of these issues.
September 18, 2014 @ 7:31 pm
I think that pattern is or includes wanting artists to make great country music and radio to play it again like they did before the Telecom Act allowed them to consolidate, centrally control playlists, go pop, and squeeze female artists out more (it’s interesting that country radio played them a little more in the 1990s before things really went downhill years after the 1996 Telecom Act took effect and consolidation got so big). I’ve seen people working in country radio talk about how the Telecom Act ruined the music and I just found these in Google:
So much for 2002. Welcome to the monogenre.
September 19, 2014 @ 3:12 am
Exclusion of female artists is a recent phenomenon in country radio. Up through last decade, the country music industry was trying to appeal to primarily female audiences, and female singers often dominated the country charts.
It is only over the last 2-3 years, with the rise of bro-country, that the female presence has completely fallen off the cliff.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:39 am
This review gave me a lady boner. “A Brinks truck driven by hookers with cocaine” I am dying. If he didn’t sing and play guitar it would take a Brinks truck full of designer shoes and bags to bribe any lady to “Burn it down” with Aldean. He is not aging well at all. In five more years he is going to have to perform with his hat down to his nose so he doesn’t scare small children.
As far a Sun Daze (sounds like a store brand name of generic Mountain Dew), it’s a juvenile, pig song. The lyrics sound like something a group of little boys would say to try and shock little girls. I’m surprised it doesn’t have a line in our about playing doctor or spin the bottle. Were these 5 “song writers” playing perverted mad lib and decided to record it? It’s getting to the point that your can’t even listen to the radio in front of you’re kids anymore because of this type of trash. Whatever, stupid girls will like it and it will be played a gazillion times on the radio.
September 18, 2014 @ 11:50 am
And wow, I obviously need to proofread before I post. I have so many grammatical errors that I sound like one of their fans. Swype is the devil.
September 19, 2014 @ 10:21 am
Loves me some Swype!
September 18, 2014 @ 12:05 pm
In my humble estimation , Trigger , with this article you’ve outdone yourself in crystallizing and calling out this radio crap . And THAT is saying something because you are almost ALWAYS on the mark .
This lyric is what I call a shit-lyric . That is ..it can be written in the time it takes to shit …and likely was . I’ts an insult to REAL songwriters , real musicians and singers and last but far from least ..REAL.MUSIC FANS. When does ‘dumbing down’ reach the bottom rung ? Myself and many many other songwriters have songs rejected by publishers , labels and artists all day long because they aren’t ‘crafted’ as well as they could be. At the same time , radio is flooded with garbage like this which goes contrary to nearly all of the ‘guidelines’ the aforementioned powers that be suggest writers adhere to …movement in the lyric , story/narrative, strong hook melodically and in the narrative and countless other factors which go into crafting a great song with timeless appeal and heart.
. A long time member of NSAI ( Nashville Songwriters Association International ) I finally let my subscription lapse with a direct reference to the disconnect between what THEY consider a pitch-ready song and what is ACTUALLY being recorded and released. I’m not suggesting that my songs are worthy of cuts when this kind of crap isn’t . Wait a minute – YES I AM . That’s exactly what I and hundreds of other un-cut writers are ( or should be ) suggesting !
Well done Trigger…..
September 18, 2014 @ 12:46 pm
Absolutely man, and it’s not even that we can’t have songs like this, it’s that there is seemingly no room for anything else. The publishers will blame labels, who blame radio, who blame the audience. And the only people who lose are the songwriters and artists who don’t have songs that precisely fit their mold. They reject your hard work as they sit on a pile of cash telling you how “well crafted” these party songs are.
Toby in AK
September 18, 2014 @ 6:34 pm
The songwriting factory this song came from must have 5 stalls lined up next to each other, so that the songwriting collaborators can just sit down and “let it flow”
September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
” Let It Flow “. Nice .
Can I use that Toby ?
September 19, 2014 @ 5:30 am
I thought I was the only one who felt that way about NSAI…
I am letting my membership lapse, too. I got tired of all my submissions coming back with comments like “Wow, great song, I’d love to hear this kind of stuff on the radio…but we can’t pitch it to the publishers because they just won’t be interested…”
Maybe someday if the Country music pendulum swings back the other way I may re-join, but for now it’s a waste of time and money.
Good luck to you and all of us independent writers!
September 18, 2014 @ 12:09 pm
It’s a shame that country music is loosing it’s sense of morality with vapid shallow songs that reference “getting laid” and crap. But I guess this should be expected because with these fratboy morons running the show and probably being influenced heavily on the themes of some notorious rappers, country music is turning itself into the shallowness, immorality and impotence that fills the lives of young folks around the world.
Throwing away the tradition of the music also throws away it’s values and wisdom.
Where is the Country Music Gentleman these days, that can show that these narcissist morons don’t really have much to begin with?
September 18, 2014 @ 8:06 pm
“I”™ve always found country to be basically like a church,” he continued. “It”™s got to keep evolving, but it”™s gotta do it in a way that it doesn”™t lose its values or its core congregation. But it has to continue attracting new parishioners.”
September 18, 2014 @ 12:34 pm
I wasn’t going to ruin my morning by actually listening to the song – but I did it anyway. What’s most amazing to me is how, every time I think the production and arrangement of this crap can’t possibly get any worse, I’m proven wrong – time and time again.
You can’t even identify the instruments in that mess. It’s just an annoying, over compressed, hissy drone comprised of every digital instrument their 1980s era Casio keyboard (the one with the small keys) had to offer. You can barely differentiate the vocals from that instrumental mess.
I rarely don’t see how production can possibly get any worse than this. But…that’s what I said last time…
September 18, 2014 @ 12:36 pm
Man ….I almost overlooked the most depressing thing about this song . SARAH BUXTON is credited as a writer ? I can hardly believe a writer of her talent and skill would even WANT her name attached to this fresh steaming pile of camel dung . Sarah, Sarah ,Sarah !! Why, why, why ?? Deal drugs …make contract “hits”….sell your little brother …..whatever it takes to pay rent ….but stay away from this blackened underbelly of the music business…..please !
September 18, 2014 @ 1:27 pm
Yes, very disappointing to see Sarah Buxton’s name here.
September 18, 2014 @ 8:17 pm
Sarah also sang and got auto-tuned on Dayum, Baby. I want to cringe when I see a female on any bro-country song credits. Maybe bros think it helps legitimize this stuff, like when TV cameras focused on Taylor dancing to FGL’s first awards show performances (planned?).
September 18, 2014 @ 12:44 pm
Sooooo…. Trigger, where does your return towards traditional country theory play in here? “Dirt” may have been a moderate step towards more traditonal country, but using it as a flagpost of a genre’s pivot seemed like a stretch. “Anything Goes” may not be as bro-country as “Good Times,” but only because there will be too much pop, hip-hop, dance, rap, and apparently reggae’s evil step child. Theorizing that contemporary country is moving away from bro country may prove accurate, but theorizing that it’s moving towards traditional country is just wishful thinking
September 18, 2014 @ 1:32 pm
It’s not a theory about returning to more traditional music as much as it is about returning to music of more substance. And it’s just a theory, meaning it is throwing out an idea backed up by certain evidence, but not concrete enough to establish in any definite manner.
But I will say this song and a few others aside, I still think there’s evidence that Music Row is trying a little harder. I even see it in this bones of this song in the way that it avoided the Bro-Country tropes for the most part. There’s always going to be bad songs and fans to listen to them. With trying to spy trends it’s necessary to zoom out and look more big picture.
The theory is a work in progress.
September 18, 2014 @ 4:18 pm
Tim McGraw going from “Truck Yeah” and “Lookin’ for That Girl” to “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” is a good illustration of this trend, such as it is.
I think the failure of “Lookin’ For That Girl,” caused him to reverse course.
September 18, 2014 @ 5:40 pm
I would throw in Luke Bryan releasing ‘Roller Coaster’ as another sign that the labels are slowly going away from the bro stuff.
Of course this doesn’t mean that the music is going to be more traditional sounding just that we may be getting less tailgates and cold beer with a girl by your side on a dirt road by a river.
Better but probably still not very good I fear.
September 18, 2014 @ 7:51 pm
“I would throw in Luke Bryan releasing ”˜Roller Coaster”™ as another sign that the labels are slowly going away from the bro stuff.”
Good call. Same goes for Jake Owen with “What We Ain’t Got.”
Regarding traditionalism, at this point it seems like the only thing that could possibly push commercial country back in that direction is for a popular mainstream artist to sneak some traditional-sounding material past the radar, and then have big commercial success with it. It’s a copycat business, after all. And for that to happen, I think it would require is that the young frat-rock audience drift away from country radio and move onto something else.
September 18, 2014 @ 1:15 pm
The NFL is leaving the populace in doubt? Says who??
Fourth Blessed Gorge
September 18, 2014 @ 1:37 pm
“Sun Daze”??? Great googily-moogily, that is utterly awful. Those lyrics read like bad Kiss outtakes. While the occasional beach-bum anthem is all well and good I find it difficult to believe it can support an entire genre. “Sun Daze”…LOL!
September 18, 2014 @ 2:29 pm
Maybe they’re too high to even comprehend what they’re listening too, but how does a playlist including Haggard, Marley, Jagger, and Hip-Hop sound like anything cohesive and relevant to one another… that’s quite a random mix tape, quite like their previous mix of a “little Hank, little Drake.”
These guys try to name drop everyone that’ll add to their credibility in the country scene and rap scene, and it doesn’t make them cool, just dumb.
Also, these whistling sounds are very similar to “Day Drinking”
September 18, 2014 @ 3:28 pm
I can’t believe anyone would listen to this, let alone pay for it.
September 18, 2014 @ 3:39 pm
Is it just me or does anyone else have a difficult time telling the difference between this song and “Get Your Shine On”? It’s just the same song with the words re-arranged, it seems.
September 18, 2014 @ 6:18 pm
I can’t tell any of them apart.
September 18, 2014 @ 4:03 pm
Also, from the comment section of the “Dirt” review:
“The question is”¦what”™s gonna follow?”
Well, we sure found out, didn’t we? I hate to see them going back in this direction.
September 18, 2014 @ 4:05 pm
Five writers ……. Five writers …….. and not one of them stopped for a second and thought, “My God, this is terrible. This is literally going to make people dumber just by hearing it. We can’t release this crap”
September 18, 2014 @ 5:11 pm
What really gets me is that at least one of them had to have come up with the “stick the pink umbrella in your drink” line, and they all must’ve thought it was good enough for the finished product. :p
September 18, 2014 @ 5:15 pm
They were all probably just repaying a gambling bet. The first lines they shit out that rhymed – fine – “Let’s just get this over with!”
September 18, 2014 @ 8:10 pm
Keep mind man, this is written in a time in country where someone wrote “Redneck Crazy” and probably didn’t think for a second that it probably sounded creepy, immature and slightly psychotic.
September 18, 2014 @ 4:51 pm
I have not listened to it yet, but based on the lyrics, I will probably not. Bummer, was cautiously optimistic after hearing Dirt, now this monstrosity.
September 18, 2014 @ 6:29 pm
This is on Spotify and someone slowed it down a bit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=605iDhq4S5o
It’s hard to understand their weak, flat, whiny, auto-tuned vocals but this is what I hear:
Stir it up as we turn on some Marley
If you want you can PET on my Harley
I’ll sit you up on a kitchen sink
And stick the pink umbrella in your drink
The way that we’re feelin’ we gone by this evenin’
I’m not sure it’s “pet” but it sounds like it and fits in those lyrics better. Think about it, they are listening to Marley in the crib and that ain’t a motorcycle in the kitchen, it’s an Anaconda. Cue Nicki Minaj twerking on a sink in the remix video.
Average auto-tuned vocals, generic pop music, name-dropping of legends, copying pop and rap lyrics with sexual innuendo and a rapper’s “hey” (must be the money) shouts. Real original country song! FGL is getting robbed at the Grammys!
It sucks that country radio has flip-flopped and sold out, and now pop radio has higher standards and better music. Pop played the Cruise remix with Nelly but would they play this without him? Nickelback is better. Country radio programmers who play Sun Daze to #1 and say they can no longer play better female songs to top 20, not even from proven top critically acclaimed artists Kellie Pickler (who has 6 top 10-20 hits), Kacey Musgraves, etc. including songs like Follow Your Arrow without objectifying sexual innuendo and with some similar possibly risky lyrics, are full of crap.
“Where “Sun Daze” turns aggressively awful is in the lyricism. Now to be fair, there”™s nothing in “Sun Daze” that we haven”™t been hearing for years in pop radio or in Parental Advisory fare, so let”™s not freak out about the downfall of civilization. But the problem is that country has now taken over as the leader in raunchy innuendo and overt lyrical references. Time was country music was the safe location on the dial, and KISS-FM is what your 4-year-old didn”™t need to hear. Now the pop station is playing inspirational and confidence-building tunes from Lorde and Meghan Trainor, and country is the home of the unfettered smut fest.”
And that is the problem with the new “country” radio.
“The women of country make for one powerful chorus of inspiration.”
But radio won’t play most of them so no one gets inspired. At least pop radio has some balance due to keeping up to at least 6 female songs in heavy rotation in the top 10 at all times plus positive male songs like Pharrell’s Happy.
Pop vs. country radio number of solo female songs in the top 10:
Pop: 6 (60%)
MEGHAN TRAINOR, CHARLI XCX, TAYLOR SWIFT, ARIANA GRANDE, IGGY AZALEA, JESSIE J/A. GRANDE/N. MINAJ
Country: 1 (10%) and last week it was 0
M. LAMBERT & C. UNDERWOOD (the only 2 solo females country radio regularly plays to top 10 or 20)
So country radio won’t play most female artists, pop or country, no matter how talented they are, how much better they sing and without auto-tune, how great their music is, how much it sells, how much critical acclaim they get, how many Grammys they win, how many radio interviews and special shows they do to help radio, how many huge TV shows they perform on to send radio listeners, etc., but plays brand new 100% pop male acts like Sam Hunt who better fit pop radio. Of course they sell and since when do catchy generic pop songs radio overplays don’t?
The Girls and a Country Song
Apparently Dallas Davidson thinks that family man is a “loser” because he worries about what his kids and their future dates are listening to on the radio and being influenced by.
I’ve also had to play the channel changing and OFF game for about 2 years now and I used to listen to country radio non-stop. Now it’s almost impossible to listen to.
Toby in AK
September 18, 2014 @ 6:58 pm
When I watched This is Spinal Tap I didn’t realize it was about the future of country music.
September 19, 2014 @ 12:02 pm
“My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo / I’d like to sink her with my pink torpedo!”
September 18, 2014 @ 7:24 pm
At least it isn’t a radio single , maybe there is something else on the album worth hearing?
Also, for anyone who cares, you can stream 6 chesney songs from his new album. I really want to hear “If this bus could talk”…. I feel like that could be a good one.
More in line with his older stuff than “Life on a Rock”
September 18, 2014 @ 7:53 pm
This is their new single and they already shot the video.
September 18, 2014 @ 7:27 pm
Another note- if you haven’t checked out “What we ain’t got” by jake Owen, you should.
September 19, 2014 @ 6:16 am
I just noticed how their heads are both cocked to the side in the cover photo. Looks like they’re in the middle of the “Roxbury Guys” SNL skits with Jim Carrey, Will Farrell, and Chris Kattan. Maybe they’re planning on covering “What is Love?” at some point.
September 19, 2014 @ 7:17 am
Sarah Buxton, what the hell are you doing? Just tour with David Nail so the two of you can sing the beautiful harmonies and very interesting back and forth that you’ve recorded on his last two albums…
September 19, 2014 @ 7:27 am
“And throw a 20 on the corn hole game”
September 19, 2014 @ 9:15 am
Seems like you should change this site’s name to “Shitty Country Music”…over 90 comments yet your great reviews usually barely break a dozen comments.
Note to readers: support the real country music reviews you dumb morons
September 19, 2014 @ 10:11 am
Yeah a brain dead, repetitive insult like “dumb morons” is probably not going to win anyone over to your line of thinking. To add, maybe the reviews of bad country music receive more comments because not as many people have issues with good artists. Then again, I’m probably feeding a troll anyway so have a nice day.
September 19, 2014 @ 10:25 am
So, written by Cary Barlowe, Jesse Frasure and Sarah Buxton; and glommed on to by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. Let’s be Frank.
I guess we will just have to play ‘Dirt’ instead–since it is a perfect country song and all. ;-P
This one is not worth the comments. (He commented. 8-( )
September 19, 2014 @ 12:49 pm
Horrible. Who in the world could like this stuff? Sad to say I occasionally stop off at a military/biker bar after work here in my fair city, and one is quite likely to hear some shit like this or the aforementioned Nickelback played on the jukebox by someone adorned in Harley regalia. I play Hank 3 and get WTF looks, haha!
smoke da cheech, eat da peech
September 19, 2014 @ 1:04 pm
if they werent facading as country, they probably would never be criticized. Just become POP
September 19, 2014 @ 1:39 pm
If they weren’t “facading” as country they’d never be noticed.
September 19, 2014 @ 11:38 pm
Let’s not forget hey aren’t the only ones singing about getting stoned and narcotics these days. Sadly there isn’t a lot of music out there these days that isn’t PG- something or R, classic country sound, pop country, or other.
sweet on stuart
September 20, 2014 @ 10:06 pm
Re Sarah Buxton…a girl’s gotta pay the rent, bills must be paid.
FGL. Are their 15 minutes up yet?
New and ready for change
September 22, 2014 @ 1:22 pm
I’m new to this website, but really love what you’re doing here. I have a big, obvious question, but I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction so I can start becoming a catalyst for change, too.
I don’t buy this type of music, and I’m as fed-up as the rest of everyone on this site about the decline of country music. The only place I really hear this stuff is on the radio (and I can’t imagine people buy/pay for this kind of crap). HOW do we go about requesting change? Is it calling up the local radio stations (I have 3 in my area) frequently, and telling them I hate/love a certain song or type of music? I know they’re playing what they’re being told to play, but I want to make my voice (and the voices of others) heard, so that they know not everyone can be brainwashed by this bro-country crap they’re trying to shove down everyone’s throats. I purchase music for artists that I really like and appreciate, but what else can be done?
So, what’s everyone’s recommendation for moving towards a change?
September 22, 2014 @ 5:01 pm
Yeah, this is about as “bro” as country has ever gotten in a mainstream single. The worst part is that this will do well on the radio because it’s FGL. It’s almost like the lukewarm response to “Dirt” from the duo’s fan base has caused them to backpedal into the douchiest mainstream country song of all time. Good job, guys. You’ve broken another record.
September 25, 2014 @ 6:23 pm
It’s a summer party song. It’s simple if you don’t like it just don’t listen to it and stop complaining, there are more important things to worry about. It’s not a terrible song or else people wouldn’t be listening to it everyone has they’re own taste.
October 6, 2014 @ 9:13 am
This song is an obvious hit. It’s catchy as hell. Number 5 on iTunes with no radio play.
Forget about whether this is country or not. Who cares? It’s fun. It feels good. Makes you bob your head.
Have you ever had a weekend of partying? Smoking, drinking, hanging out by the pool? It feels like this song.
Listen to the song, not for what it **means**, but for what it **is** and **does** — how you perceive it viscerally. Don’t analyze but let it flow over you.
Unless you take more pleasure in analysis and looking down your nose at it — by all means — some people get off on being angry scoffers, too…
October 7, 2014 @ 10:35 am
The joke’s up, Tyler Hubbard. We know that’s you. You can stop trolling this board now, you have been exposed.
October 7, 2014 @ 11:14 am
“Forget about whether this is country or not. Who cares?”
Uh… I think you might have stumbled onto the wrong website, hoss.
December 27, 2014 @ 10:05 am
This is just another crappy pop song. Just when I thought they stepped in the right direction with “Dirt”…
February 2, 2015 @ 4:24 am
I woke up at 4 a.m. with this abomination of an earworm stuck in my head, and stumbled upon this spot-on review.
I don’t understand how anyone finds this song (or most of FGL and “bro country”) appealing. Then again, I work in a retail setting with a bunch of young adults half my age — with the local country station as backdrop music — and they don’t understand why I want to stab my eardrums out whenever this song and several others come on. ”¦ They like it.
So FGL can’t be wrong. Right?
Guess that depends whether you’re judging them on commercial success or artistic merit, for clearly the two concepts are barely on speaking terms in 21st Century Nashville.
This song doesn’t offend me for its content. I might be married to a pastor, but I’m not a prude. (Though I’m a bit surprised at its raunchiness now that I know Tyler Hubbard was once a worship leader.) ”¦ Good party songs have their place.
But as the reviewer notes, none of this is fresh ground even in country music. It’s all been done, and so much better. So. Much. Better.
In the end what bothers me — as I try to explain to my young co-workers — is FGL music’s cheap-plastic, throwaway nature. Kristofferson and Cash gave us moonshine in a Mason jar; FGL offers cotton candy vodka in a Solo cup.
Then there’s the appropriateness dichotomy of “Sun Daze.” It’s a composition and arrangement that sound like a theme song for Nick Jr., paired with lyrics reminiscent of a 14-year-old boy’s ideas of how awesome it will be as a grown-up, with discretionary income to blow on Harleys and booze and pot and bitches.
That such a meritless song is recorded at all is disappointing, though unfortunately not surprising. That it could reach No. 4 on the country charts is an indictment of the industry and our greater society.
February 15, 2015 @ 6:41 pm
I think FGL are their own genre. I mean they aren’t country, they ain’t hip hop and I don’t know what the hell else they could be.
February 20, 2015 @ 3:51 am
…and it’s officially their sixth-career #1 hit! =P
“Sippin’ On Fire” is now announced to be the album’s third single, and while it is another insanely overproduced mess of noise and gratuitous AutoTune, it admittedly is yet another solid earworm with a potent melody line that will certainly be their eventual seventh airplay chart #1. At least there’s no lyrics in this song that are particularly awful. If anything, it’s basically their version of the tread-to-death “Lonely Tonight” theme.
I do think the perceived waning of bro-country as a marketable trend as of late may result in a silver lining being that both “Good Good” and the title track will remain album tracks and not get radio treatment, while “Confession” has probably surged in interest as an eventual single with its notably pensive and spacey tone. I thought for sure “Good Good” would inevitably assault our eardrums on the radio dial, from their immense struggles to string together one coherent sentence in the entire song to the gratuitous innuendoes to backseat sex……………but I’d say it’s looking much more likely we’ll at least dodge that bullet! =P
At any rate, while “Sun Daze” may have succeeded to make it to #1 (which I did assume would happen)………………the bigger picture has to be considered here from a commercial perspective.
Granted streaming has severely dampened digital sales regardless of genre and format, and so I’m not going to be blind to the fact most of their chart rivals are in the exact same boat and are witnessing diminished returns in finding a gold certification is the new Platinum certification.
Still, considering all the publicity and shock value hype “Sun Daze” incited initially, heavy airplay and highly-publicized performances…………”Sun Daze” is the first Florida Georgia Line single to fail to make the Top Forty of the composite Billboard Hot 100 chart. And it has yet to garner a Gold certification.
Florida Georgia Line may have won the battle here, but they will be at grave risk of losing the war if they don’t take the notable sales trendlines into consideration. If I were them, I would push “Confession” as the fourth and final single and consider closing the era then. Then, reflect on the fact that their lead single from this album, “Dirt”, barely missed the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100…………while a reversion to dumb-as-sand formula in “Sun Daze” couldn’t even make the Top Forty. Let that sink in and marinate………….and maybe then they’ll come to an epiphany that the secret to more money, tattoos and wallet chains resides NOT in tapping more into that “Dirt” vein.
February 25, 2015 @ 12:24 pm
I’m new to country music. Always hated it. Still can’t the country “greats” like Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr. But I do like me some Allman Bros., Skynyrd, Gov’t Mule, Dead, all of whom share a little with some country music. But my son, who is autistic, and who pays absolutely no attention to what’s cool or popular or sends the right message, etc., LOVES Florida Georgia Line (and Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift, who I understand is no longer making country music.) So I’ve taken him to see FGL (twice) and LB. Thought I was going to hate it. Really enjoyed the shows. You can sing every song by the second verse. It’s pleasing to the ear. The wordsmithing is fun and entertaining. I could certainly do without drug references and was disappointed with those. But you can’t listen to this music expecting to be challenged or hear something truly innovative. That’s asking too much. This isn’t “Frontline” or even “Seinfeld.” It’s “Happy Days” and that’s all it’s meant to be. Enjoy it for what it is. I do.
February 25, 2015 @ 1:52 pm
Pure dog crap
March 7, 2015 @ 9:26 pm
This song makes me want to puke. very bad song.
August 14, 2022 @ 9:37 pm
I hope he does dishes before he has kitchen sex