The career of Billy Currington certainly hasn’t been spectacular, but he’s an artist that has managed to consistently have a good presence in mainstream country music for over a decade. Currington has racked up a total of eight number one singles and four top five country albums. I know a lot of artist who would take that career in a heartbeat. As far as his quality of music, it was much better early in his career compared to his recent outputs. His best song, in my opinion, is “Good Directions,” which came out way back in 2006. It tells a simple love story and the production is decidedly country. I still can’t believe Luke Bryan was a co-writer on that song. Currington’s recent outputs haven’t been as good as mentioned, particular his dips into the bro country trend (“Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “Hey Girl”). So I didn’t know what to think of “Don’t It” before hearing it for the first time.
Granted my first listen came months ago, as I first heard it when it broke into the top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. But I didn’t expect it to do much, so I didn’t plan on reviewing it. Of course I was wrong because it’s now in the top ten of the chart and here I am reviewing it. By the way I also get this song confused with a previous single of his “Don’t,” due to the similar track names. Couldn’t have come up with something more creative? Nevertheless let’s take a look at “Don’t It.” Right away you can tell this is another upbeat, not too serious song you can add to the list of party/fun songs populating country radio right now. The pop, rock instrumentation is nothing special and is the standard for most of mainstream country’s singles nowadays. Some might point out there is a banjo, but it doesn’t matter. It was just thrown in at the last second.
While the instrumentation and production are quite bland, the lyrics are even worse. They’re not offensive, it’s just they’re so bro country. It’s just another song about drinking, partying and hooking up with a girl. This is just same shit, different song. Just look at the chorus:
Good time we can get on it
Take a shot or you can sip on it
Find a floor and we can dance on it, slow song it
Far as I can tell that finger ain’t got no ring on it
Come on baby, bring on it
It’s one of those stars fallin’, love callin’
Get ya feelin’ all right nights
Sounds good, don’t it, don’t it
Every little thing you got, you know that I want it, want it
Sounds pretty good now don’t it
I will give the chorus one piece of credit: at least the guy in the song checks to see if the woman is married before pursuing her. You don’t get that chivalry in a Florida Georgia Line song. This is the only good thing about the chorus though as the rest is just derivative, check list bullshit. Look how many times “it” is rhymed with itself! How much lazier can songwriting get? The writers of this song, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston, pretty much mailed it in on this one. There is absolutely no point to this song.
Currington is capable of so much more, but once again he elects for a boring party song catered towards radio. Is it pretty much beyond hope at this point for Currington to release something decent again? I want to say yes. Radio is rewarding him for this pointless song, so I guess there’s no incentive for him to stop churning out these type of songs. It will reach #1, go recurrent and then we get another rehash of this on the next single as the vicious cycle repeats itself. The creative well is not just dry on Music Row, it’s a damn dry gulch. It’s a wasteland of garbage and I’m waiting for someone to finally stand up and address this ongoing problem. “Don’t It” is most definitely part of the problem. I do not recommend listening to this song at all.