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.