For all their chart dominance, country music’s males have a filler problem. It afflicted recent releases by Blake Shelton and Chris Young. Eric Church wasn’t immune, and neither is Luke Bryan.
According to Slant Magazine‘s Jonathan Keefe, though, Bryan’s recently-released third album, Tailgates & Tanlines, isn’t without its charms:
“Too Damn Young” is an obvious exception, trading equally in nostalgia and regret, and “You Don’t Know Jack” transcends the trappings of the typical cautionary tale. Instead, that song conveys a genuine sense of empathy for those undone by alcoholism, even if the pun in its title is far too easy. “Tailgate Blues,” on which Ashton Shepherd provides fantastic backing vocals, boasts the album’s most robust melody and cleverly subverts the connotations of tailgating.
Regular readers might recall that songwriter Erin Enderlin’s own version of “You Don’t Know Jack” made our Prime Cuts a couple months back, so Bryan’s ear for a good song isn’t completely off. If you’d like to hear Tailgates & Tanlines for yourself, simply comment with a teeth-whitening secret or quip about “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” by next Wednesday, September 21.
One randomly-chosen commenter will receive his or her own copy of the CD, dispatched directly from Country California headquarters in a bubble wrap mailer made from Fake Jamey Johnson’s beard fibers. The total estimated retail value for the whole package is $1,500,000, give or take.*
So get commenting by next Wednesday!
* This figure might be inflated.