Review – Chris Lane’s “Fix” is Pure Pop Trash

Chris Lane Fix

You thought 2015 had some bad mainstream country music? Welcome to 2016, where the bottom of the barrel keeps going lower than anyone could imagine. When Sam Hunt burst onto the scene in the early summer of 2014, I became quite fearful of the ripple effect his success would have on mainstream country music. Keep in mind this was in the midst of bro country reigning supreme on the radio. Hunt came along and managed to produce something even worse. And it’s become an even bigger monster than bro country. Now everywhere you look a new artist or group of spiffy, clean-cut pop artists in suits are “going country” by throwing together some electronic beats and dance club lyrics.

Meet the newest one, Chris Lane. The first time some of you may have come across his name is in the summer of 2014 when he released a single called “Broken Windshield View.” It completely pandered to bro country and I remember just ignoring it, as it didn’t end up getting that much traction. It reached #45 on the Billboard Hot Country Song and had decent sales. Once that song ran its course Lane disappeared for a little while and has now re-emerged with “Fix.” So right away we can establish that Lane is willing to pander to whatever is popular to become famous and well-known. It’s currently rising up the charts quickly, with the big reason being that this current slick R&B, pop phase is still in mainstream country music’s system. And it just continues to get worse with this song.

Chris Lane’s “Fix” is an abomination of a “country” song and really even a pop song too. The song begins with cheap guitar licks and Lane crooning “Hey girl.” Even after its death, bro country’s effects are still felt in this new era of metro country music. Then the chorus kicks in and this song gets even laughably more worse. The chorus:

I’ll be your smooth ride, that late night, your Walter White high
I’ll be your first time, that so right,
Get you falling in love at the end of the night
That good ish, that long trip, that sugar on your lips
That favorite habit, gotta have it, you can’t quit
I got your fix

Where do I begin with these garbage lyrics? I think first and foremost the Walter White namedrop stands out. You see Lane has to namedrop him because 1) love here is being compared to drugs. 2) this makes the song look “cool” and “edgy” 3) Breaking Bad was a popular television show, so they’re hoping this translates to the song. And these are all very stupid reasons. I’m beyond nauseated of country songs comparing love to drugs. 2010 called and Ke$ha wants her lyrics back. It’s just outdated, embarrassing and reminds me of glam rock in the late 80s. Then you have the fourth line of the chorus. Sugar of course is referring to cocaine, as again the whole love being compared to drug references litter this song. But before that the phrase, “good ish,” is dropped. I’m sorry, what? Once again country music borrows another outdated term from another genre. As defined by the Urban Dictionary, ish is: “Slang term often used to replace “shit.” Derived from the process of editing the vocals of rap-songs by reversing the curse words so said song could be played on radio or television.”

This song is everything but country music. But don’t take my word for it. Here it from the people behind this song yourself. From an interview in Billboard in November 2015, Chris Lane and everyone behind the song admit that “Fix” isn’t really a country song. From the interview (props to Zack for bringing it to my attention):

But during downtime at a 2015 recording session, Lane broke into a random song in high falsetto. No one remembers for sure what it was — Usher, The Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake or Nick Jonas have all been mentioned as possibilities — but Lane’s tone was intriguing to producer Joey Moi. And it sparked a complete change in direction.

“It definitely was a defining moment for me,” says Lane, “because that ultimately led us to finding ‘Fix.’ “

Lane represented a change in direction for “Fix,” as well. The song has a dance-ready groove that leans toward The Bee Gees or Maroon 5, and country wasn’t even on the radar when it was written in February.

You know Joey Moi, the producer behind Florida Georgia Line and Nickelback? He’s also responsible for this monstrosity of a song. Moi later goes on to say, “We had to countrify it.” So Lane and Moi enlist some of the most infamous country music hit makers in Nashville to make it happen: Abe Stoklasa (co-wrote “The Driver”), Jesse Frasure (co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” and Thomas Rhett’s “Crash and Burn”) and Sarah Buxton (co-wrote Keith Urban’s “Put You in a Song” and The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”). Frasure in particular has been popping up on a lot of bad hit country songs lately and I’m guessing is the one responsible for the “ish” line.

But wait there’s more. Later in the interview:

A big portion of that was putting real musicians in place of the demo’s synthetic atmosphere. Ilya Toshinsky perfectly recreated the waterfall guitar sound and added chunky rhythmic parts, while Russ Pahl laid on atmospheric steel. A number of words were changed to make it more PG for country radio, particularly “good shit,” which became “good ish.” And Moi coaxed an abundance of breathy breaks and whines out of Lane that they refer to internally as “sexhales.”

Sexhales? Yeah I’m done. There’s nothing else that needs to be said about this song. “Fix” is one of the most blatant attempts I’ve ever seen of making a hit song to appeal to the mass. The look behind the curtain to see “how the sausage is made” makes the song even more repulsive and disgusting. This is not artistry, but rather cold and calculated manufacturing of content to sell. There is nothing thoughtful, original or appealing about this song. Most importantly it’s not country in any way, shape or form. “Fix” is just plain bad and everyone responsible for it should feel bad.

Grade: 0/10

16 thoughts on “Review – Chris Lane’s “Fix” is Pure Pop Trash

  1. Raymond January 18, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Yeah this song sucks really badly. But Chris Lane isn’t the beneficiary of OTV that would go to Maren Morris My Church. Chris Lane is just moving up fast because his label can work at radio now.

    While this song still sucks and that Hey Girl part is annoying as can be I am bugged by the sentence that Chris Lane looks creepy what does that sentence have to do with the review just saying.

    If there is a good news is that the music video just came out on YouTube and man it’s not getting much love whatsoever as Lauren Alaina just released her music video for “Next Boyfriend” and she is outviewing him 2 to 1.

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  2. Derek Hudgin January 18, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I about lost it when I read “Sexhales” in that Billboard article. The whole look behind the curtain thing tells me that they knew this song has terrible lyrics and needs to be spiced up in order for people to listen to it.

    That Walter White reference is awful, too. I’m just waiting for the day when people start to realize this is all Pop music. Hunt, Lane, and I guarantee FGL’s next album will follow the trend. Just stop pretending it’s country and everyone will be happy.

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  3. southtexaspistolero January 18, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Yep, that song’s trash, all right. Not just trash, but derivative trash. Rather fitting that you mention Old Dominion; I remember listening to this and thinking it sounded like a ripoff of “Break Up With Him.” Like I said at Country Universe, at least Luke Bryan and his co-writers of “Strip it Down” waited a few years to rip off a decent Dierks Bentley song. Chris Lane is doing a rip-off of a crappy current song that wasn’t worth ripping off in the first place.

    That first bit in the Billboard article was what I was thinking of also. Seriously, it’s “Gone Country” all over again with these people.

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  4. Amanda January 18, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    This is pure shit. I heard this song for the first time the other day and immediately changed the station when I heard it. This song is not country in any way, shape, or form. I’m almost positive that George Strait, Gary Allan, and Kacey Musgraves have all taken shits that were more country (and probably sounded better) than this (sorry for the sad but true comparison). Unfortunately, this will be a shit… my apologies, hit… for Chris Lane. It boggles my mind how even a pop country fan could enjoy this. On another note, Chris Lane looks like a Wookiee from Star Wars in the cover photo. 😉 And great review, Josh! 🙂

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  5. NoahHibiscusEaton January 18, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Sarah Buxton, in this past year, has pissed me off more than Dallas Davidson (which is saying a hell of a lot) in how low she has been willing to go as a so-called songwriter………….after previously showing flashes of promises especially with what remains my favorite Keith Urban single to date: “Stupid Boy”.

    She was partly responsible for “Sun Daze” and “Good Good” (the two worst tracks lyrically on Florida Georgia Line’s album). Now she is partly responsible for this garbage.

    I’m serious. If anyone has sold our harder than anyone else among songwriters, it’s Sarah Buxton. At the very least Dallas Davidson has been consistent in throwing out mass-produced, crassly commercial, soulless pap. Buxton, on the other hand, at least temporarily stood out like something more.

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    • Raymond January 18, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      At least her singles were good like Outside My Window.

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      • Nadia Lockheart January 19, 2016 / 3:54 am

        That’s what I was talking about.

        Earlier in her career, both on stage and behind the scenes, Sarah Buxton displayed plenty of effort. Her self-titled album wasn’t great (much like Martina McBride’s latter-career output, it was heavy-handed on pseudo-inspirational and “positive” songs) but it was decent all things considered for a middle of the road pop-country album in spite of its overproduction. I thought her vocals were actually the strongest aspect of the album.

        I also thought she cut her best songs for other artists previously. Particularly “Stupid Boy”.

        Now……………………..it’s as though flesh-eating zombies abducted her, bit her, and she has since mutated into one of Music Row’s worst writers. It’s beyond astonishing just how she has free-falled in terms of quality and effort.

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  6. petemarshall724 January 18, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I listen first minute of it and sounds like pure garbage. This is not country at all I don’t know why country radio play this trash. It’s not very good music any genre (I can’t stand pop music at all) Very bro-country or edm bro country at best or I mean at worst. 0/10

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  7. southtexaspistolero January 18, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Also, Glenn Frey died today. Talk about a real kick in the junk.

    Zombie Glenn Frey, still more country than Chris Lane.

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  8. Fat Freddy's Cat January 19, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Why do all of these pop “country” types have cover photos that make them look like child molesters? Seriously, if I had kids and this guy showed up in my neighborhood I’d immediately make sure that my shotgun was clean and loaded.

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  9. Michelle January 20, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Actually, I first heard of Chris Lane back in 2012 when he was part of the Chris Lane band and they had released an album called “Let’s Ride”. I really enjoyed that album. However, I am really disappointed with the direction of his newer album and am not a fan of his new sound. He should have stuck with the band.

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  10. Gary January 23, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I work at a country station, and cringe every time I have to play it.

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  11. John Q January 28, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Where I work we listen to the same country radio station every day all day. We’ve been threatening to change the channel for the past 5 years or so. We like the DJ is the reason we haven’t. THIS crap song did us in. No more until someone sings country again. We’re classic rock now. And you know what? It’s more country than this shit!!!

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  12. John M. February 12, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Definitely in agreement with this review. The first time I heard this song, it made me want to throw up. It’s not country at all. Songs beginning with the words “hey girl” are really starting to get on my nerves. The Walter White reference is just awful, and the “good ish” line is abysmal enough for me to not even mention it. Be gone, bro-country and EDM!

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