Review – Cole Swindell’s “Flatliner” (feat. Dierks Bentley)


I didn’t review Cole Swindell’s sophomore album You Should Be Here. If I had tried I probably would have fell asleep. The majority of the album was the most safe, banal and vanilla music I heard on an album in 2016. This isn’t necessarily bad, but might be worse than outright bad music because this is easily forgettable. Yet this was also still an improvement. The key word though is majority because Swindell’s new single is one of the exceptions, “Flatliner.” Of course the song opens with the obligatory sound of flatlining on an electrocardiogram, which sums up the pulse of many songs on the album. This gives way to obnoxiously loud, pop rock country production. It’s annoying, but for once Swindell’s song has a little energy. The song itself is about a woman who makes a man flatline from her exterior beauty, or tl;dr it’s another song about a hot girl according to a bro. Swindell delivers this painfully thin theme with the same old mediocre vocals. Of course this just isn’t enough, as Dierks Bentley joins in on the song. His own latest album Black wasn’t enough to help destroy his credibility apparently. No, he has to join Swindell in uttering lines such as “Dang girl, I’m done. I ain’t never seen no one, poppin’ it like a cold one, droppin’ down like oh oh.”At this line I’m done with this damn song. Congrats to Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley for releasing the first moronic bro song of 2017. What’s even worse about this song is the more you play the worse it gets. The combination of the sub par production, painfully shallow lyrics and the annoying vocal delivery from both Swindell and Bentley makes “Flatliner” a creatively dead song with very little merits about it.

Grade: 1/10

Recommend? – Hell No

Written by Cole Swindell, Jaron Boyer and Matt Bronleewe

11 thoughts on “Review – Cole Swindell’s “Flatliner” (feat. Dierks Bentley)

  1. Raymond January 6, 2017 / 11:17 am

    This song is a song that I actually like.

    The only reason why I love this song a lot is the melody in the song. It’s very catchy and I love the chorus. It’s weird in a sense that I like it but lately acts like Cole Swindell and LoCash are my biggest guilty pleasures of acts.

    The part I love the most is the “sipping on this seven seven” which is pure catchy goldness.

    Also Josh you should check out the new Rascal Flatts song that came out “Yours If You Want It” it’s nothing deep lyrically but it’s a pleasant uptempo song and the production sounds decently country.


  2. Amanda January 6, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Another spot-on review, Josh. I’ve just about had enough of Cole Swindell and his stupid, outdated bro-country bullshit. As a woman myself, these are the kind of songs that make me the angriest, songs that treat women as we are pieces of meat or something. And I thought bro-country was so 2014. Unfortunately, I don’t think we are done with bro-country yet in 2017, as Brantley Gilbert’s new album comes out in a few weeks. If “The Weekend” is any indication of what we’ll get, then go ahead and pass me the headache relief pills. Of course, his last album had a few good songs on it, so we could be pleasantly surprised. It’s only the beginning of 2017 and we already have terrible new music from Cole Swindell and Sam Hunt. Oh well, at least Sunny Sweeney has a new album she is releasing in March, and we can hope for new music from Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Gary Allan, Maddie and Tae, and Josh Turner. “Flatliner” gets a 1 out of 10 from me as well.

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  3. OlaR January 6, 2017 / 11:57 am

    “Hell No”

    You nailed it!
    (Un-)Popular Opinion: i hope the song is the beginning of the end for both guys.

    Enough of overproduced & loud “country” music? The new Ashleigh Dallas album is the answer!
    Ashleigh Dallas – Lighthouse – 14 tracks – Ashleigh Dallas/Checked Label Service – released (01/06)
    Just another Aussie. Born in Tamworth & a Golden Guitar winner (2014). She is the 3rd generation of Dallas-family members in country music. It’s the 3rd album & (so far) the best album.
    The first single “Lighthouse” is #11 down under (Country Tracks Top 40) & the perfect start for the album. Stripped-down, traditional songs about love, life & circumstances. No screaming guitars or “bush-party-bacardi-sipping”-lyrics but a funny little tune about “Man Flu”.
    My highlights: “Lighthouse”, “Sail Away”, “Dark Cloud”, “Me” & the duet with her grandfather Rex Dallas “Wide Brimmed Hat”. (10/10)


  4. Nadia Lockheart January 6, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    My biggest issue with this song is that it sounds like an obvious rip-off of Dierks Bentley’s own “5-1-5-0”, while the lyrical melody in the chorus is reminiscent of Jerrod Niemann’s “Donkey”.

    You know the outlook on a song is bleak when it instantaneously reminds you of a more energetic sing-along by its featured artist, as well as one of the worst singles to ever dent the mainstream country chart.

    Was “5-1-5-0” a great song? No, but it was a decent one. But what it had going for it was an unmistaken energy driving the entirety of it as well as some organic instrumentation that gave it a “driving song” sort of identity. It actually felt like a romp.

    Here, the guitars sound comparatively sterilized and the percussion stiff and mechanical. The mini-solo on the bridge is alright and it is there the percussion actually has some punch, but as a whole it just leaves me with the sort of feeling that it is a shell of numerous uptempos that came before it but with not as much energy or presence.

    No, it’s certainly not one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard by any stretch. It’s forgettable more than anything. “Lemme See Ya Girl” may have been a worse song lyrically and forgettable as well, but it’s really saying something when a song that isn’t trying as hard to sound forgettable nonetheless has just the must chance of doing so as a track that just epitomized it in its presentation.

    I’m thinking a Decent to Strong 2 out of 10 here.

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  5. seak05 January 6, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    This song can go away, and if it takes Cole with it, I don’t think many people will mind. At the end of the day he seems to be entirely forgettable. As for Dierks, he used to be one “the good” mainstream male, now that’s clearly Eric.

    At the moment here is a list of artist’s putting out better music than Dierks: Luke, Jason, Blake. He wanted to be A-List though, so I guess he got what he wanted, he’ll never be as big as those three though.


    • Nadia Lockheart January 6, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Eh, I wouldn’t go so far as to claim Luke Bryan’s most recent album is better than Dierks Bentley’s. At the very least Bryan has yet to cut anything as great as “Can’t Be Replaced”.

      But yeah, I’d confidently argue Aldean and Shelton’s most recent efforts are marginally better (and both of them sound like they’re on auto-pilot as of late). Aldean has released two of his better songs as singles in a row, and Blake Shelton’s current album at least has “Friends”, “Green” and “Savior’s Shadow”.


      • seak05 January 6, 2017 / 2:31 pm

        On recent singles choices I’d take Luke over Dierks. Move stunk, but Hf&L and Fast aren’t terrible. As opposed to Beach, Girls, Black, and this.

        I’m sort of curious what Blake will release next, “Friends” or “Green” would be nice, I’m afraid it’ll be “beer” – which is the worst song on the album.


        • Nadia Lockheart January 6, 2017 / 6:59 pm

          “Green” would be perfect for the spring and early summer months, though “Friends” also satisfies that easily.

          Unfortunately, I have a feeling it’s going to be “Go Ahead And Break My Heart”. I won’t be surprised if that turns out to be the case, though I’ve always identified it as one of the less radio-friendly options on the album due to its runtime and how longer it takes to pick up.


  6. jmartin103 January 6, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    This is truly one of the most disappointing songs ever put out. I used to enjoy Dierks Bentley until he put out his latest album, which damaged any respect that fans had for him. Now, he’s damaged his respect further by teaming up with this idiot for one of the worst bro songs ever. I thought we were done with this stuff back in 2014, but now here we are, just in 2017, and its after effects are still around. I really hope that this single bombs at radio.

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  7. Cobra January 7, 2017 / 8:46 am

    This song makes me feel dead inside. It’s not enough that they kill country music, now they continue to piss on the legacy?


  8. southtexaspistolero January 7, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Wow. Dierks thinks he hasn’t done enough to trash his credibility?

    He’s come a long way since Cody Canada gave his son Dierks’ name, and not in a good way.

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