Luke Bryan – “I Don’t Want This Night to End”

27 Sep

Songwriters:  Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson

Akins and Hayslip and Davidson… oh my!  I’ll be darned if this new Luke Bryan single doesn’t have “Peach Pickers” written all over it.

Following in a similar vein to his recent smash “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” “I Don’t Want This Night to End” is laced with familiar scenes of rural romance, this time swapping out the “aw-shucks” goofiness, and instead attempting to up the sexy factor.  Here we find Bryan’s attractive female acquaintence with her “hands up… rockin’ in my [Guess the vehicle!] truck… radio on… singin’ every song…”

You get the idea.  There aren’t many lines here that we haven’t already heard a time or ten.  But perhaps the trait that is most outstanding – a distinction I use loosely – is the testosterone-fueled energy with which Bryan attacks the lyric, particularly when declaring that his girl is “lookin’ so damn hot.”

But just when the enthusiastic performance threatens to make the single interesting, here comes an over-the-top full-throttle country-rock arrangement to swing the pendulum in the polar opposite direction.  In some areas, the production sounds like it was culled from the climactic portion of a Hollywood film score – not exactly an ideal sonic backdrop for a backwoods romance – while the wild Guitar Hero riffs advances it from borderline irritating to absolutely grating.  By then we’ve gone from “I Don’t Want This Night to End” to “I Just Want This Song to End.”

To some degree, “I Don’t Want This Night to End” at least manages to reaffirm Bryan’s talent for breathing personality into disposable lyrics.  But if he were singing lyrics with more tangible traces of originality, he wouldn’t have to deal with that hurtle in the first place.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)


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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Single Reviews


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24 responses to “Luke Bryan – “I Don’t Want This Night to End”

  1. bob

    September 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Great line:

    By then we’ve gone from “I Don’t Want This Night to End” to “I Just Want This Song to End.”

  2. Major Payne

    October 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Ben … this is another hit song … and another awful review on your part. I’m gathering by your lack of replies to comments on here in the last few weeks that you’ve had to get a new job. That’s understandable seeing as how you suck so bad at reviewing songs. Hope your new job is more successful.

    • Ben Foster

      October 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      Payne, I’m going to be direct here. Abusing your commenting privileges by using them for the sole purpose of hurling childish insults is not allowed. Several of your previous comments have been deleted, which will also be the case with any further comments that violate the comment policy. This is your final warning.

  3. Gary

    October 10, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Ben… obviously have no idea how these kinds of songs affect the the Country Music listeners in a positive way. The Peach Pickers would not continue to have HUGE success if there songs weren’t being loved by people all over the world. These guys are not trying to be rocket scientists. They’re just doing what they love and obviously they’re are not the only ones. Props to the Peach Pickers for continuing to put a smile on so many faces in America in these dark days. Let other writers do what they do, but I pray that these guys never change. So Ben, keep bashing their work and keep being the Grinch that you are and we, the majority of Country Music fans who continue to request their songs will keep smiling every time we here one!!!!

    • Ben Foster

      October 11, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      I ‘obviously’ don’t share the same set of opinions and tastes as all country radio listeners. I’m well aware that the Peach Pickers have enjoyed a great deal of success, but I believe that says more about the current state of the country music industry than it does about the quality of their work. There’s really no way around the fact that their songs are generally of meager artistic means. I’m not being a “Grinch” when I say that; I’m just being honest.

  4. Shane

    October 12, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    The problem with you Ben is you expect every song to be “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. It’s not that way and it has NEVER been that way. “White Lightning”, ‘A Boy Named Sue”, Little Bitty”, “Chatahoochie”……I could go on and on. Just because you don’t like to smile doesn’t mean others don’t. Jealousy will get you nowhere. These guys are talented enough to write as deep as they won’t to. You need to listen to “Nothin’ Grows In Shadows” written by Dallas and Rhett. Or “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” written by Ben. Or “Things You Don’t Grow Out Of” by Ben. These guys have said that they feel like it’s there job as songwriters to put smiles on faces in these dark days of our country. That’s what they are doing. They’re writing songs for the average Joe riding around listening to Country Music in there trucks. You don’t have #1 after #1 if people are not loving what you’re doing. Did it ever occur to you that people like simple, honest lyrics. That always have and they always will. And who are you to say what the current state of country music is. I’d say it’s pretty good for these guys. People didn’t have to down load “Honey Bee” almost 2 million times, “Farmer’s Daughter over a million, “Gimmie That Girl” a million and once again I could go on and on. I think the consumers of this genre are speaking for the state of the Peach Pickers music. NOT you!!!
    As for me, I’m a true Lover of Country Music, I’m thankful for the Peach Pickers and I’m
    disgusted by people like you who bash successful artists and writers and throw most of your 10″s to the unsuccessful indie acts like yourself.
    -Shane M.
    Nashville, TN

    • Ben Foster

      October 12, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      The problem with you Ben is you expect every song to be “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.

      One need only read through the 1-to-10 achives to see how wildly untrue that statement is.

      Jealousy will get you nowhere… I’m disgusted by people like you who bash successful artists and writers and throw most of your 10″s to the unsuccessful indie acts like yourself.

      People only assume that unimpressed critics are unsuccessful artists because it’s what they want to assume, whether there is any foundation for it or not. It says something that those canned retorts appear only on negative reviews, and never on the positive. The biggest error of that belief is that it completely misses the fact that the critic is motivated by a love of writing, and a passion for great music. Writing critiques would be entirely pointless if the critic’s motive were jealousy and bitterness.

      Indie acts are not the only acts that get positive reviews, but if they do get positive reviews, there’s a reason for it. It’s because they often produce more artisitically credible work than the major label acts whose output is so commercially driven that it ceases to be an art form.

      Did it ever occur to you that people like simple, honest lyrics. That always have and they always will.

      Did it ever occur to you that maybe I don’t hear simple honest lyrics in this song? I only hear a mess of unoriginal rehashed cliches.

      You don’t have to agree with this review, or of my general opinion of the Peach Pickers, or even of the current state of country music. Dissension has always been tolerated – I only ask that it be kept classy. Unleashing tirades of ridiclous and unfounded assumptions is wholly unnecessary.

    • DC

      November 8, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      I’m disgusted by people who think the only reason for a negative review is jealousy and post comments like this on someone’s review blog. I have no reason to be jealous of the writers of this song and I agree with Ben’s review 100%. A real “true lover of country music” does have to love or even like everything that comes out, or everything that is successful. Success and quality do not always go hand in hand. Unfortunately, most of what is on country radio today proves that.

      • DC

        November 8, 2011 at 12:06 AM

        That should read, by the way, “A real true love of country music does NOT have to love or even like everything that comes out,”

  5. Shane

    October 12, 2011 at 5:25 AM

    And by the way,before you say it, I realize all country listeners don’t ride around in trucks. But whatever they’re riding around in, they’re enjoying the Peach Pickers.

  6. Peach Picker Fan

    October 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    If that’s the Shane M. that I think it is, props to you for sticking up for your buds the Peach Pickers. Ben, it’s a good thing you’re not in this to make friends. You have your opinion. Unfortunately this is a small town and sometimes opinions are best kept to yourself. I know the Peach Pickers pretty well and they are great guys who love Country Music. They work harder than any guys I know to support their families. When writing your reviews, maybe you should put in there somewhere that sales reports and chart position prove that you’re the minority opinion. These guys will someday probably go down as the most successful writing trio in Country Music History. Let’s give them credit every now and then for giving lots and lots of Country Music fans exactly what they want… feel good and have a good time! I don’t know about the overall “shape” of Country Music but I do know that The Peach Pickers, the artists that sing there songs and the consumers who request it and buy it by the millions are “Doin’ Alright For The Shape They’re In”!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ben Foster

      October 12, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      Honestly, what do you think I am, a cheerleader? It’s a simple fact that when you release a piece of work to the public, the public responds. Part of that response comes through reviews, which are not always going to be positive. I’m sure the Peach Pickers are more or less at peace with that fact, especially if they’re such great guys as you say they are. Songwriters need to be able to take criticism. At any rate, the reviews are going to keep coming, whether they be positive or negative, and you’re free to agree or disagree accordingly.

      I have often mentioned even in negative reviews that I expect a song to become a big hit regardless, but that does not factor into my critique at all. It’s irrelevant. Country radio programmers and listeners are not going to take into consideration whether or not a song says anything artistically significant, or displays any hint of originality. They’re just looking for inoffensive distractions that require as little brain function as possible. The Peach Pickers songs are often successful because they are just that – bland, predictable, and making no attempt to engage or challenge the listener in any way. With those points in mind, it’s clear that citing commercial success is not a valid detraction against a negative review. Because commercial success does not equal quality.

  7. Peach Picker Fan

    October 13, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    But Ben aren’t there different types of art?? Does your mind have to be stretched to make it great art? Can’t great art also be art that simply makes you want to sing along and feel better? If a song has the ability to do those things, that type of song is great art because it’s serving it’s purpose. This will be my last time visiting your site and I’ll also encourage everyone that I know not to visit your site. Not because you share your opinion but because of your narrow mindedness when it comes to music. Not even sure exactly how I stumbled on here to be honest. If you can’t recognize all types of music for serving the purpose that it was intended to serve, you’re very bad for our industry and surely you won’t be around long.

  8. Ben Foster

    October 13, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Does your mind have to be stretched to make it great art?

    I never said that, but a non-mind-stretching song is obviously not immune to criticism. All I’m saying is that this is a poorly-written song that does nothing for me. Bear with me if my expectations are a tad higher than yours.

    This will be my last time visiting your site and I’ll also encourage everyone that I know not to visit your site. Not because you share your opinion but because of your narrow mindedness when it comes to music.

    So I gather anyone who doesn’t share your exact opinion is narrow-minded? Oh, the hypocrisy.

    But I sure do appreciate you telling people not to visit my site. Just like Loretta Lynn appreciated it when Catholic preachers told people not to listen to “The Pill.”

  9. Joanne(Peach Picker fan and lover of country music)

    October 24, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    I guess your mom never told you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all! People like you are starving for attention. That’s MY opinion. Do you just enjoy putting peoples work down? Nothing good comes from that! Does it? Explain your motive please.

    • Ben Foster

      October 24, 2011 at 3:59 AM

      My motive is simple: I love music, and I love to write. Writing about country music indulges both loves. I’m always happy to talk about why I enjoy blogging, but I appreciate it when questions are phrases tactfully and politely, as opposed to a manner that is offensive or condescending.

      My work here is meant to evaluate the music, to encourage free-flowing discussion on it, and to help fellow music lovers discover music that appeals to them. The old adage of “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” simply does not apply here, because if we ignored the existence of all music that we did not find appealing or artistically credible, then nothing would ever be challenged. Subpar music is just as worthy of discussion as great music, while readers are always encouraged to express their agreement or disagreement in the comments section.

      One thing I might mention in passing: I do write positive reviews also.

    • DC

      November 8, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      Good Lord…this is a REVIEW site. REVIEWS are NOT always positive! Sometimes they are negative! Is there anything on this earth that you do not like Joanne? Do you ever tell any of your friends “I saw this movie and I hated it” or “that book was awful?” If so, then maybe you should take your own advice and stop “putting peoples work down.” Someone worked awfully hard to make that movie you hate or that book that was awful, so you should just keep that to yourself. Does it even occur to you that you are putting someone’s work down just by posting your comment?

  10. Joanne(Peach Picker fan and lover of country music)

    November 12, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Congrats to the Peach Pickers for being named Songwriters of the Year!!!! Ben Hayslip/ASCAP 2011 Songwriter of the Year!!!! Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson/BMI Songwriters of the Year!!!! Somebody thinks you guys are worthy!!! Thanks for posting this Ben if you do!

  11. misoonw

    December 2, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.

    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

    • Ben Foster

      December 2, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      I love how these types of comments only appear on negative reviews, and never on the positive – When I say what people want to hear, it’s like then critics suddenly become reputable again. Hmmmm…

  12. sarah

    February 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    i love luke bryan i am his biggest fan ever he is the cuties,hottest singer aroun..

  13. sarah

    February 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    love em

  14. rowdyred

    February 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    The sheer number of people hollering at Ben for daring to be unimpressed by this song is…interesting.

    I have been a fan of Luke Bryan, WHEN AND IF I think his music is fresh, interesting, and sincere. In that respect, I’m a particular fan of “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby. I DETEST “Shake It For Me;” and “I Don’t Want…..End” leaves me cold. I think the authenticity factor is lacking in these two. They both sound like they were literally written-to-order for formulaic pop/country radio, and there’s no other inspiration or creative itch being scratched whatsoever. If that’s the hallmark of the Peach Pickers, well, shrug.

    Being an artist’s fan doesn’t automatically require me to subscribe to any and every single, nor do I feel traitorous when I don’t. I don’t owe him appreciation of “average” work. This song is, frankly, unmemorable even though I must have heard it 40-50 times by now.

    It’s not a crime to like someone when their music is fresh and great but not so much when it’s sub-par. This is not treason. Actually, it’s more like “reason…” you know, using your critical senses rather than some fanwank-y sense of loyalty. As for formulaic songwriters….IMO the “formula” has become so pervasive that it’s rotting the radio right out from under it. I’d really love to hear more variety instead of the same, same all the time. (I bet you’d like it too.)

  15. Trailer

    May 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Ben’s a great reviewer. You folks just have your panties in a wad because he picked on your tight-jeans hero. The Peach Pickers write songs for teenagers, soccer moms who don’t really listen and guys in trucks with 85 IQs. Hey, it sells… but so do donut burgers.


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