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Luke Bryan – “Drunk On You”

11 Mar

Songwriters:  Rodney Clawson, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins

The story of Luke Bryan’s career has often been a case of genuine talent bogged down by inconsistent taste in song material, not to mention an occasional inclination toward radio butt-kissing.  But one thing that can’t be denied is that no matter what style Bryan chooses to tackle – be it an earnest ballad like “Do I,” a redneck hay-rolling ditty like “Rain Is a Good Thing,” or a goofy booty-shaking country dance number a la “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” – he always throws himself fully into it with spunky enthusiasm and aw-shucks country boy charm.  Granted, that doesn’t necessarily salvage a song if the lyrics themselves are irredeemable, but it can serve to elevate a standard lyric to something more than the sum of its parts.

Once you get past the fact that “Drunk On You” is Bryan’s third consecutive single to place a girl dancing in a pickup truck, you find that this is one of his most enjoyable efforts yet in the backwoods romance vein.  Though the production would have done well to strip away a layer of the obligatory radio polish, “Drunk On You” coasts along with effortless breeziness, anchored by a warm inviting melody and a charming banjo line.  The heart of the song, however, is Bryan himself.  His earnest vocal delivery gets past the requisite blue jean references, and even borderline-hokey likes like “Girl you make my speakers go boom-boom,” without coming across as awkward or forced.  When he sings “That kind of thing makes a man go mmm-hmm,” you can practically see him closing his eyes and savoring every moment.

Radio bait it may be, but “Drunk On You” gives Bryan just enough leeway to show what it is that makes him an interesting singer.  Though his previous chart-topper “I Don’t Want This Night to End” interrupted the vibe with ill-advised rock histrionics, “Drunk On You” hits its mark by allowing Bryan to pull his own weight with his thoughtful vocal interpretation.  If Luke Bryan was just starting to lose you with his somewhat stagnant song choices, “Drunk On You” might be just the thing to restore your faith in the contemporary backwoods country love song.

LUKE’S SCORE:  7
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Single Reviews

 

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4 responses to “Luke Bryan – “Drunk On You”

  1. john

    March 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    This is a great song IMO. I think this song is going to be the biggest in Luke Bryan’s Career to date.

     
  2. rowdyred

    March 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    ….Sigh.

    I liked “I Do,” loved “Rain Is A Good Thing” and REALLY loved “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”

    Then began Luke Bryan’s truck-chick trilogy — song after song with the identical theme, set to a slightly different tempo. (I see that Luke, Dallas Davidson and another Peach Picker or two co-wrote all three.) This time, throw in a cynical reference to summer and you have a made-to-order, if ephemeral, hit on country radio.

    I’m afraid I’m about maxed out on this version of Luke Bryan, and deeply disappointed that the guy I was digging two years ago for being a bit different, has been pretty much regurgitating “shake my truck, country girl,” ever since. The “summertime” business just made it that much sadder.

    What happened to the guy who was writing those other, distinctive songs? I miss him. Luke needs to lay off the peach pickers for a while and get his own perspective back. This is just depressing.

    My score: 5

     
    • john

      March 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Rowdy Red, I think you are mistaken, These aren’t any of the peach pickers that wrote this song.

       
      • rowdyred

        March 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        So I read on “Country Universe.” I don’t know why it came up when I googled it, except perhaps because it’s the same theme as the previous two LB singles, which actually were written by Davidson et. al. So it isn’t just me who noticed….;)

        However, am I glad/relieved to discover that Luke is mining this vein no matter where he finds it?

        No, I’m not. It’s actually even a little more depressing.

         

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