Review – Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk On Your Love”

One of the lyrical trends in pop country this year that really draws my ire is songs where males compare their affection to females with being high/drunk. It’s not an interesting way to describe your infatuation, and it’s certainly an overused trope ever since Ke$ha’s “Your Love is my Drug.” Brett Eldredge’s new single is aptly titled “Drunk On Your Love,” and I’m sure you can connect the dots of where this is heading. We opted not to do a full review of Illinois because the album was rather bland and uninteresting, but reviewing the singles released from the album will suffice.

“Drunk On Your Love” doesn’t even try to be original or different. Eldredge co-wrote the song with Ross Copperman and right away the clichés begin pouring out. “The second she walked through the door, I caught a buzz. One taste from your lips knocked me out just like a drug.” All Brett Eldredge wants to do is continue to feel this high from her touch and her love. There’s no attempt to bring any sort of natural story to this song. It’s like a teenager who just discovered the effects of drugs and alcohol and lost his virginity all in the same night. Then he decided to write a song about it. Simply put, the lyrics are stupid, simple, and childish.

Perhaps the most obnoxious thing about “Drunk On Your Love” is the constant repetition of words in the chorus. “Now I know why, why I’m feelin’ so high, high ’cause I’m still drunk, drunk on your love, on your love.” Nearly every other word gets echoed because the hook is terrible and there needed to be some inflection or effect added so it could stand out to listeners. There’s a unique, yet intriguing production to the song, though. A percussion sound of hand drums mixed behind a sort of accordion sounding ring certainly helps the song stand out among the hip hop influences of most songs. However, on top of that intrigue are random pops and sound effects that still turn “Drunk On Your Love” into an overproduced, non-country mess. This unique pop production was chosen because something in this song needed to stand out among the crowd for it to be a radio single contender.

I liked Brett Eldredge’s debut album. “Raymond” is a wonderful country song, and I’m quite fond of “Beat of the Music.” Bring You Back had just enough quality to instill some hope that Brett would carve his own path. Only now do I realize how naive I was to think that. Illinois as a whole is a sophomore slump in album quality with “Drunk On Your Love” joining “Lose My Mind” as a leading example of that slump. Here’s just another stupid, boring song to add to mainstream country’s over saturated pot of crappy pop songs.

Grade: 1/10

11 thoughts on “Review – Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk On Your Love”

  1. Raymond October 26, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Yeah this song is boring. Brett Eldredge had so much potential ‘Raymond’ was a fascinating song that I still to this day go out of my way to hear. It was a shame the follow-up fizzled out.

    I’m surprised Derek you like Beat Of The Music, I just find the song so boring and it didn’t help that it got overplayed on country radio.

    To this song the chorus is just like the dumbest thing ever and to be honest I just can’t believe that there are this badly written songs, like can we get at least some story songs or like something where the singer sounds like they give a crap.

    When on earth is the Carrie Underwood Storyteller review I am so nervous about people’s thoughts on that album.

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    • Derek Hudgin October 26, 2015 / 11:37 am

      “Beat of the Music” did get overplayed, but I think it’s a fun song that tells a small story in its bro-like lyrics. To me, it’s a good example of making that kind of song work well. But so much of the music last year and this year seems to be tossed out with little or no effort in order to get it out as quickly as possible. “Drunk on Your Love” feels like they took the first draft of the lyrics and spent 15 minutes in the studio. “Alright, this sounds good enough. Next song.”

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      • Raymond October 26, 2015 / 12:59 pm

        Then you have acts who take forever to release an album like Gloriana, Jana Kramer who insist they had been working on it for a few years when in reality the songs each one came off as ok we have that one done. Next!

        What I do find impressive is what Love & Theft did since they were dropped from RCA in October and released an album early in the year that in my opinion was one of the best albums of 2015 given the fact they made the album in like only a couple of months and for the most part each song actually sounded country.

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  2. Fat Freddy's Cat October 26, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    The photo is a bit creepy. Is it a rule now that “country” male acts have to use photos that make them look like Chester The Molester?

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  3. lorenzofloris96 October 26, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    I agree with the review and I get your point Derek, but this song to me is a ‘guilty pleasure’. I like the song because it makes me think of the summer loves, but I agree on it being shallow lyrically. I really enjoy the production, a good pop song in my opinion.

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  4. Jason October 28, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    I should hate this song, but it’s a guilty pleasure for me. Brett Eldredge is still one of the best vocalists in mainstream country music, and it’s no different here. I wish he’d picked “Wanna Be That Song” instead of this, but it’s not bad. It’s bland and inoffensive, which is more than I can say for most songs on the radio now. It gets extra points for keeping the clap percussion from getting on my nerves.

    5/10

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