Review – Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him”

Old Dominion

Country music in 2015 has been a tale of two ends of the spectrum. On one end, there’s been a seemingly endless list of great country albums released. There has been non-stop quality music pouring out every week. Then on the other end of the spectrum, there’s been a steady release of absolute hot garbage and it’s all coming from mainstream country music for the most part. Just when you think you’ve heard the dumbest song of the year, another one comes along to prove you wrong. Old Dominion’s newest single “Break Up With Him” fits in with the latter. Old Dominion is a relatively new group made up of Matthew Ramsey (lead singer), Trevor Rosen (guitar and keyboard), Whit Sellers (drums), Geoff Sprung (bass) and Brad Tursi (guitar). They chose the name “Old Dominion” because it’s the nickname for the state of Virginia and all of them have ties to it. Believe it or not, they have some good songwriting to their credit: Ramsey and Rosen helped write Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do,” Rosen helped write Chris Young’s “Neon” and Tursi helped write Tyler Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” and some Randy Rogers Band songs.

With all of this in mind, it baffles me that Tursi is also the writer behind the group’s new single “Break Up With Him” (by the way Shane McAnally produced their new EP). But before I get to the song, let’s talk about this album cover above. I know I’ve bashed it on Twitter and right here on the site, but this needs a proper breakdown to describe its horribleness. What the hell are they going for here? From what I can gather, I think they’re trying to recreate the picture of George Washington and his men crossing the Delaware River during the American Revolution, but they just look like tools trying to emulate it. There’s an American flag jammed into the middle of it to show their patriotism (insert gagging here). Then they’re using their guitars to paddle the boat, which is like taking a playbook right out of 80s glam rock. Seriously go listen to cheesy 80s rock and this is the kind of goofy stuff that was in those songs. Finally there’s the awkward poses each member is in. I just…why?

The song itself is even worse than the album cover. It starts out with the spoken word, pseudo rap bullshit that Sam Hunt started to use in all of his songs and is now spreading like wildfire through country music (hello Jake Owen and Keith Urban). It’s annoying and adds nothing to the music. Why people get amusement out of this is beyond my comprehension. The song itself is about a man who’s drunk and calls up a girl he likes. Then he proceeds to tell her that she needs to break up with her current boyfriend and hook up with him. Say what? Basically this guy is whining and advocating for a girl to break up with her boyfriend, who is never mentioned to have done anything wrong throughout the song. This guy is such a whiny douche that he thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to break up a relationship, which by all indications is going fine, for his own gain. Could you find a clearer definition of an asshole than this guy? The vocals, when Old Dominion is actually singing, isn’t half bad. You could do better, but you could also do worse. In other words, their singing isn’t anything special. The instrumentation isn’t really country at all, as it has a pop beat for the most part throughout with the exception of light acoustic guitar play in the chorus. So once again nothing special from Old Dominion.

Country music has gotten enough terrible music from all of the bro country artists invading the genre and now Sam Hunt is leading in a wave of spoken word pop music that is even worse. This is my first impression of Old Dominion and it isn’t a good one. Releasing a single like this early in your career shows me a lot of what you’re trying to accomplish as artists. It shows that you only care about popularity and quality is the last thing on your mind. “Break Up With Him” takes the worst elements of Hunt’s “Take Your Time” and the worst elements of Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy” to make one of the most irritable country songs of 2015. I listened to this a few times and started to develop a light headache. That tells you what you need to know about “Break Up With Him.” Avoid this song at all costs.

Grade: 0/10

35 thoughts on “Review – Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him”

  1. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria June 10, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    What a stupid song. It’s hard for me to decide who’s a bigger douchebag, the narrator of this song or the narrator of Redneck Crazy. And Redneck Crazy peaked at #3 on the airplay chart…so this will probably be a big hit too. Ugh.
    Also, the lyrics contradict themselves several times:
    “Naw, I ain’t drunk / Okay, maybe I do have a little buzz”
    “It ain’t my business to be all up in” Then why are you singing this song, dumbass?
    “No pressure, whatever, just do what you gotta do” Again, then why are you pressuring her to break up with him?
    And also the lyric “You would’ve hung up by now if you weren’t thinking it too?” How unrealistic is THAT? What girl would dump a perfectly good (it seems) boyfriend to go with some whiny asshole like the narrator? Fuck this song.

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  2. Raymond June 10, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Well Josh fun fact these guys were discovered by Sirius XM The Highway. They also discovered FGL Sam Hunt and Chase Rice.

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  3. fromthewordsofbr June 10, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    That is the greatest album cover of all time.

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    • fromthewordsofbr June 11, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      I’m kidding in a way.

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  4. Pete Marshall June 10, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    I can’t believe I heard such garbage. Man this song reminds me of Sam Hunt “Take your Time” with unnesesary narrating. this is a stupid song and indeed bro-country material. Man country music is going of the deep end and going downhill fast. 0/10 this is song will be a top 10 hit sad to say.

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  5. Sarah Drees August 19, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Gotta love a good break up song! Love the music video too!

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  6. Jill September 22, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    The only think I object to is, “Sup.” If any man said that to me, I’d laugh AT him, not with him.

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  7. Synthia November 24, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Try watching the music video. You wrote this review before the music video came out so you have no perspective. While yes the lyrics originally portray a buzzed douche bag, the music video shows the boyfriend as a dominating jack ass who thinks that he can physically push his girlfriend to do things she doesn’t want to do. In the end the girl ends up defending the lead singer who gets pushed down by the boyfriend by punching the boyfriend and knocking him out. In turn, taking charge of her own life and making her own decisions as a strong female. This review is a biased, one sided, attack with no merit other then one’s own anger.

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    • Zack November 24, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      Your point doesn’t stand. This is a SINGLE review meaning it focuses on the SONG. The effect of a music video is fine and dandy, but you have to realize that the video has nothing to do with Josh’s thoughts on the individual song.

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  8. Amanda November 24, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    This has got to be the most creepy, stupid, misogynistic douchefest of a song I have ever heard. I am in college and the other day a guy in my lab class began to sing this song. He better be glad he wasn’t singing it directly to me, I would have smacked him right upside the face. I think it’s kinda sad that this song not only exists, but that there are also people who are dumb enough to think this is quality music.

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