Review – Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink”

Justin Moore You Look Like I Need A Drink

The list of trend chasers in country music has been growing steadily in recent years and has shown no signs of slowing down. What really started this current era of awfulness in mainstream country is bro country and one of the artists who firmly had his hand in this pie was Justin Moore. I haven’t had the opportunity to write about Moore on the site yet, so many of you probably don’t know my stance on him. Well when it comes to Moore, he has annoyed me. A lot. First he started out with the nauseatingly clichéd “Small Town USA” and Jason Aldean-esqué “Backwoods.” Then there was his surprisingly pleasant hit “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” That was then followed up with his worst single “Bait A Hook,” a song I consider one of the worst I’ve heard in the last five years. One of his most recent singles in 2014 was his cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home.” This song was also bad, but I found it to be hilarious because Moore tries to hit high notes and sounds like he’s about to have an aneurysm from it. He followed this with the forgettable “This Kind of Town” and has been off the radar ever since.

Moore has now resurfaced with his brand new single “You Look Like I Need A Drink.” It’s the first song off his upcoming fourth album, which has yet to be announced. Just looking at the song title I was expecting the worst. You can’t blame me, based on his past singles he has released. I was expecting this song to be in a bar setting and Moore to be ugly shaming girls. I was ready to tear the song apart. But lo and behold I’m fortunately wrong. Getting past the slightly too loud drums to kick off the song, this song is actually enjoyable. Written by Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem and Natalie Hemby, the song is about a man who is anticipating his girlfriend to be coming over to his house to break up with him. When he sees her face he knows it to be true and that she looks like he needs a drink. The drinking is to help cope with the inevitable break-up that is about to happen. While the song doesn’t go too deep, it handles the situation in a mature manner and is a solid, mid-tempo break-up song.

The instrumentation on this song is nothing special. It’s your standard country sound you would have heard in the early 2000s (with some tinges of an organ thrown in). It’s not going to make any traditional country fans swoon, but it sounds like it belongs on country radio at the very least. It’s a song that doesn’t do anything special nor does anything terrible. “You Look Like I Need A Drink” is a solid tune that represents a nice compromise between what mainstream fans and traditional fans should strive to get more of on the radio. I give credit to Justin Moore for delivering something good and gives me some faith that maybe he could help bring more quality back to the country air waves.

Grade: 7.5/10

Initial Thoughts on the 2015 ACM Award Nominations

2015 ACM Awards

Due to Winter Storm Juno, the 2015 ACM Award nominations were pushed back from Tuesday this past week to yesterday morning (much to the chagrin of country music outlets looking for stuff to write about). There aren’t a lot of surprises for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show. Miranda Lambert leads all artists in nominations with nine, which shocks nobody. Dierks Bentley follows with seven nominations and Florida Georgia Line after that with five nominations. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will once again host the show, which will air on Sunday, April 19 on CBS at 8 pm ET. Without further ado let’s take a look at the nominations.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Jason Aldean
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line

In a fair world Sturgill Simpson wins this awards hands down. None of these nominations really impressed me in 2014. Garth has bombed at radio, but his concert sales top everyone. Regardless I think everyone knows this is Luke Bryan’s to lose. It would be nice to see Garth pull off the upset, but I would be surprised.

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Blake Shelton
  • Brad Paisley
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan

Due to a tie we get six nominations here. How the hell does Brad Paisley get nominated and not Tim McGraw? McGraw’s album was not only much better, but his singles performed better too. McGraw is also nominated for a Grammy. Even though it’s a joke Paisley is nominated, he has a snowball’s chance of hell in winning so it’s not worth getting too upset about. Bryan is the front-runner to win this too, but if they’re giving him Entertainer of the Year then maybe somebody else will probably win. If that’s the case I see Blake winning.

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Brandy Clark
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Martina McBride
  • Miranda Lambert

I’m 99.9% sure Miranda is winning this one. Martina McBride is just there to fill the fifth spot. Personally I would choose Carrie Underwood to win this, but her case isn’t strong enough to overcome Miranda. Brandy Clark being nominated is a nice gesture. Musgraves will have a much better chance to win next year after releasing her second album this year.

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • The Swon Brothers

AKA the Florida Georgia Line award. Maybe Maddie & Tae have a shot next year, but they have no chance of overthrowing the bros yet. Florida Georgia Line wins and I continue to listen to way more talented country duos.

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band has more talent than the other four combined, but they didn’t release an album last year so they have no chance of winning. The Band Perry put out an awesome Glen Campbell cover, but they’re just here to fill a spot. Rascal Flatts still make music? This will come down to Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, but I think the latter is the favorite to win. Their album has received an unusually high amount of praise for its blatant pop rock music.

Album of the Year

  • Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt
  • Little Big Town – Pain Killer
  • Miranda Lambert – Platinum
  • Dierks Bentley – Riser
  • Eric Church – The Outsiders

Every single 2014 Country Perspective Album of the Year candidate is light-years better than these nominations. I mean sure Dierks Bentley’s Riser is good, but it’s not album of the year worthy. It also has no chance of winning. My gut tells me Eric Church should win this one, but I think Miranda and Aldean have a good shot to win too. I’ll need to think about my prediction for this award.

Single Record of the Year

  • “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
  • “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice

This is another award for Miranda to lose. But you may surprised who I think should win and that is “Dirt.” It’s clearly the best song of this bunch and Florida Georgia Line actually put out a song of substance for once. So for once I think Florida Georgia Line should win for doing something good. I’ll wait and see on this.

Song of the Year

  • “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan
  • “Follow Your Arrow” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
  • “I Hold On” – Dierks Bentley

Just like Male Vocalist of the Year we have six nominations for Song of the Year due to a tie. It’s not a very impressive field of songs though. Once again Dierks has a good nomination, but it’s not worthy of the award. I hate this Eric Church song. “Follow Your Arrow” is probably one of the weakest songs on her album, but it has a great message and has already won numerous awards. Luke and Miranda’s offerings are lukewarm to me and “American Kids” gets way too much credit. This one is a toss-up.

Video of the Year

  • “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Cop Car” – Keith Urban
  • “Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell
  • “Somethin’ Bad” – Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert

I really don’t care about this award, but I hope Glen Campbell wins. He probably will as a thank you for his career. He’s certainly the most deserving of these five.

Vocal Event of the Year

  • “Lonely Tonight” – Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe
  • “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • “Somethin’ Bad” – Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood
  • “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line & Luke Bryan
  • “The South” – The Cadillac Three, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli

If you’re saying “what the hell?” to the last nomination, you’re not alone. There’s only one thing to explain it: politics. I think the first four nominations all have a shot of winning. It’s really a tossup. If I had to choose between them, I would go with “Lonely Tonight” just because I would like to see Monroe get some damn recognition for once. We would also have to swallow Blake winning, but it would be worth it in my mind.

Songwriter of the Year

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Chris Tompkins
  • Josh Osborne
  • Luke Laird
  • Rodney Clawson

No Dallas Davidson! That’s what I was happy about with these nominations. These writers have pretty much written all of the hits you hear on radio in the last year and are only nominated on this basis. It’s a shame the truly great songwriters aren’t recognized here.

So what do you think of the nominations? Be sure to weigh in below! 

Album Review & Rant – Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes

(Warning: The following review/rant contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences, which I guess eliminates fans of Florida Georgia Line. Anyway you’ve been warned the language is graphic in this post.)

You thought you could fool everybody? You sneaky bastards thought if you put one decent song out it would keep the critics quiet. That only worked for a couple of weeks. Once I heard your other new singles, Florida Georgia Line I knew you were back to the same old shit. After listening to Anything Goes my thoughts are confirmed. There’s been a lot of bad music released this year, especially here in recent weeks. But the music wasn’t bad enough to make me angry. It was just boring, repetitive and forgettable. This Florida Georgia Line album is all of these things too, but the lyrics in some of these songs are so damn bad that it made me question why I even listen to country music. But then I look at my music library and reminded myself that Florida Georgia Line isn’t country music. It’s just straight up garbage in any genre. Prepare yourself for this review. It gets bumpy.

The Best Song on the Album

Normally it says best songs above, but there’s only good song on this entire album and it’s “Dirt.” This song is true saving grace from this album being a complete waste of time. And really after hearing “Dirt” so many times on the radio it doesn’t sound as good as I originally thought. If you missed my review of that single back in July, click here. I’m not going to waste any more words on it because it’s truly the huge anomaly of this album and really Florida Georgia Line’s career. I wouldn’t be surprised if they never made a good song again.

The Worst Songs on the Album

The rest of the album is basically a pile of crap, so let’s just take it from the top. “Anything Goes” immediately kicks off with auto-tuned hick-hop. My first thought is what did I get myself into? Did you miss the immature and stupid lyrics from these assholes? Well you’re in luck. Everything about this trashy, pop country song is bad. Hubbard’s vocals are flat as usual and the auto-tune is layered on thick. The lyrics are even worse in “Sun Daze.” One of the opening lyrics to this song: “Rock a little bit of hip hop and Haggard and Jagger.” Are you kidding me? The duo goes full asshat douchebag in this song from the production to the lyrics. And then of course the infamous line that has been discussed among serious country music critics for weeks: “Sit you up on the kitchen sink and stick a pink umbrella in your drink.” I think you know what the sexual innuendo is here. I had to stop after hearing this line. This is a bonafide candidate for worst country song of the year.

The next song is called “Good Good.” I’m not joking. What a creative title! It’s just another damn party, feel good song. Shania Twain is name-dropped, which I’m sure will please traditional country fans. You will lose a few IQ points after listening to this ridiculous song. It’s as smart as the “creative” title. “Smile” is about….all who am I kidding. It’s the same old shit from Florida Georgia Line on this song. They’re drinking and trying to screw some girl. That is all they do. If actual songwriters got a hold of this song it could’ve been a sentimental song. Instead it’s just another overproduced pile of shit. The writers of this song are Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley and the king of shit mountain himself Dallas Davidson. Surprisingly this is the only appearance by Davidson in the album.

Other than “Dirt” every single song literally has the same theme up to this point. “Sippin’ On Fire” is about drinking Fireball, but that’s name-dropped in every Florida Georgia Line song. At this point it’s just getting boring. I guess this song is supposed to be a slower song, but to me it’s just another bad song. In the first minute of “Smoke” every single bro country trope is mentioned. I guess to let you know right off the bat that this song also sucks. I just don’t see how anyone can like these songs. They all sound the same, with just rearranged lyrics. If you can stomach the bro country tropes this song isn’t the worst. But then again the bar hasn’t exactly been set high with this duo. The song is about remembering a past girlfriend and actually could’ve been a great song if they just took away all of the horrible, cliché lyrics. “Bumpin’ The Night” is a hooking up, drinking song where I can say pretty much the same thing about it as I just did with “Smoke.”

I can’t prepare you for the next song “Angel.” Part of the chorus for this song is one of the cheesiest pickup lines of all-time. You know the one I’m talking about. This is actually verbatim: “Did it hurt when you fell from the sky?” Hahahahaha! Holy shit! Once you stop laughing from the amount of cheesiness in the chorus the duo actually attempts to be serious in this song. You can’t be taken serious though after uttering such a cliché line. The bro country tropes are light. But the instrumentation is way overproduced. Another song if re-written that could’ve been good. I’m thankful they at least provided this moment of comic relief.

“Confession” actually isn’t a party song. Color me shocked! It’s about reflecting on your past. It tries to be sentimental, but it just doesn’t feel genuine to me. Then again after hearing “Angel” I don’t think I can ever take this duo seriously ever again. It was hard enough before that song. “Like You Ain’t Even Gone” proves Tyler Hubbard should never do spoken word. He isn’t talented enough. And yet here he is doing it on this song. You should only do spoken word if you’re talented and I have an album review coming up where the artist does the art form justice. I don’t even know what this song is about and I don’t care. I just never want to hear it again.

The album mercifully comes to an end with “Every Night,” which reminds of Maroon 5. That should tell you all you need to know about this song. There is one line I would like to point out though. Hubbard sings at one point that “the neighbors probably hate me.” No Tyler that would be everyone who has any kind of respect for decency and not committing crimes against humanity with such horrendous music. It just isn’t traditional country fans, but anyone who hates horrible music.

Overall Thoughts

An Avicii ad played on Spotify as I listened to this album and it sounded just as country as Florida Georgia Line’s songs on Anything Goes. I had to point this out because of how true it is and sad the current situation is in mainstream country music. Maybe some artists are actually striving to make better music, but some clearly want to hold onto bro country with a death grip. And I can’t blame them because it has made a lot of people rich. I have to think at some point though that even the mainstream crowd will get tired of this shit. Everyday I wake up and hope that America has finally given up on Florida Georgia Line and they give them the Nickelback treatment because Florida Georgia Line is truly the Nickelback of country music. Ironically Joey Moi, who produces Nickelback’s albums, also produces Florida Georgia Line’s albums. I told myself “Dirt” was going to prevent this album from receiving a zero, but after listening to it I’ve changed my mind. When you have 11 other songs that are so horrible it tends to cover up the one bright spot on this album. Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes deserves to be the first ever album on Country Perspective to receive a rating of zero.

Grade: 0/10

Review – Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down”

This is the exact problem I was worried about when Sam Hunt unleashed “Leave The Night On.” I was hoping the song would be a bust, but it’s a surprisingly performing well. And when I saw how well it was doing I knew there would be imitators. Hunt’s single is not country in any way at all, yet it’s being eaten up by the mainstream country fans. If a relatively unknown artist can take a completely pop song and slap a country label on it, what could stop the well-known names from doing the exact same thing as Hunt. Well now we have our answer in the form of Jason Aldean’s new single “Burnin’ It Down.”

Just like “Leave The Night On,” this song has no country elements in it whatsoever. The amount of auto tune used in this song is absolutely ridiculous. I guess Aldean has been hanging around Jerrod Niemann lately. The beat of this song sounds like something Usher could use in one of his songs. “Burnin’ It Down” is intended to be a romantic and sexy song that is supposed to get a couple in the mood for sex. But when listening to it I get a completely different feeling. It has a creepy vibe that seems like it would be more suited as the soundtrack to a date rape than a romantic night. It’s like the prequel to Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” Both songs make me feel uncomfortable.

Lyrically this song isn’t any better than it is instrumentation wise. It’s like a mashup of bro country and laundry list pop country. What does “Burnin’ It Down” name check? It mentions Jack Daniels, names an old country artist (Alabama in this case) and the word “girl” is said numerous times. No, Dallas Davidson did not write this song. The writers of this song are actually Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins and Florida Georgia Line. Just when Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley had earned some goodwill from yours truly, they had to go and write this horrific song. It’s a damn shame.

It’s been a while since Aldean had released a new single and I guess he wanted to remind everyone that he too can make awful “country” music still. I predict “Burnin’ It Down” is going to have a big run throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall. Oh joy. Many people will somehow overlook the creepiness of this song and actually consider it a legitimate love ballad. It does nothing but give me creepy visuals, especially these lines:

 

Laying right here naked in my bed
I’m just doing my thing
You love it when I sing
Say it makes you feel like an angel
We about to get a little tangled up right about now
So girl let’s keep burnin’ it down 

I don’t need to imagine Aldean being naked in a bed. I’m sure the ladies will love it, but no thanks from me. Expect there to be another 15 more songs along these lines by the end of the year. Cheesy, boring love songs seem to be one of the newest trends in mainstream country music. Or in this case a creepy, boring love song. But hey at least Aldean didn’t try to rap? Nevertheless, Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” is another reminder that mainstream country music can never take a step forward without taking two steps back.

Grade: 0/10

Florida Georgia Line Set to Release New Single

Well folks we all knew this was coming. Florida Georgia Line has been coasting off the same music the last two and a half years, so eventually they had to make new music. And that music has arrived. They’re releasing their first single from their sophomore album on July 8 and it’s called “Dirt.” As you can see above, the duo announced it on their Facebook page. According to The Examiner, the writers of the song are Rodney Clawson (he wrote Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender”) and Chris Tompkins (wrote a couple of Carrie Underwood hits). There are several rumors swirling around about this song, with some even suggesting this song sounds more traditional than their other songs. I’ll believe this when I see it. These are rumors after all. Country Perspective will be reviewing “Dirt.” I don’t have high hopes, but stranger things have happened. We could be in store for one of the most shockingly good songs of 2014 or more of the same old bro country stuff. Stay tuned.