Frankie Ballard’s sophomore album put him on the map. Sunshine & Whiskey has yielded two number #1 songs on the Country Airplay chart with “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.” Frankie Ballard has always kept an easy listening sort of vibe with his music while he lyrically cashed in with the bro-country trends. Now Ballard is back with a third single from the hit album. “Young & Crazy” treads away from bro-country, but keeps a rocking, pop country beat with it.
“Young & Crazy” was written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally. The song talks about a young guy who expresses a desire to one day settle down, but not before he lets his wilder side come out and play. The story is actually rather positive with some self-awareness about growing up. The second verse kicks off with:
Now I might have to kiss no telling how many lips
Before I ever really figure out what love is.
Go through some heartbreaks, wake up with headaches,
Don’t learn nothing ’til you make a lot of mistakes.
At the end of the day, Frankie Ballard wants to be that old man on the porch, telling stories about his younger self to his grandchildren. He drives the chorus home with “How am I ever gonna get to be old and wise if I ain’t ever young and crazy?”
The production is a rather safe pop/rock country sound with guitars and drums ever-present. There’s no rapping/drum machine pop influence here; you can hear the modern country sound in “Young & Crazy.” However, the safe production doesn’t help the song soar, since it is a rather familiar sound.
Overall, “Young & Crazy” tries to give Frankie Ballard a bit more of a hard edge to his slick, clean-cut persona. This song is miles better than his previous single, “Sunshine & Whiskey,” but “Young & Crazy” still doesn’t raise Frankie Ballard up to anything beyond average. There’s a bit of creativity and thought put into the song, and I applaud the songwriters and producers for the effort. It’ll be interesting to see if Frankie Ballard can score a third straight number #1 with “Young & Crazy.” I wouldn’t hate it if it did top the charts, it’s better than many of the songs that have topped the chart recently. However, there are still much better songs than “Young & Crazy.” This is just an average, upbeat ode to youth song.