Luke Bryan’s fifth album comes with big hooks and Nashville clichés as fun when they come
“I’m not an outlaw country singer,” Luke Bryan recently informed a journalist. No shit: He’s a platinum-selling bro-country standard-bearer, a stadium-packing spring-break soundtracker, a great ol’ boy you may bring home to Mom — a pop star which has a drawl, a ball cap plus a Chevy Z71 filled with cheeseball power-ballad guitar lines. Bryan’s fifth studio album is well-turned Nashville radio bait, trite yet undeniable, bound to drive up bar tabs in 50 states and beyond.
Dude knows his core group of followers, this is no accident the lead three songs target ladies: The cornfield line-dance anthem “Kick the Dust Up” asks one gal to “back it on up,” the Eighties-rockin’ title track asks another to “pull me in,” as well as the sexy, quiet-storm-ish “Strip It Down” instructs a lucky barefoot you to definitely “feel my belt turn loose out there old blue jeans.” Sneer with the “lemme-lemme” hook of “Love It Gone” all you need, but you will find some valuable lessons in tips on how to care for your spouse. Still, the top jam — “Home Alone Tonight,” a firecracker duet with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild — is around getting wasted that has a barroom stranger, having a selfie with ’em and sending it on your ex. Now that’s country music. Nowadays, anyhow.