Song Review: Luke Bryan – “Knockin’ Boots”

The short version: As it turns out, boots were made for walkin’ instead of knockin’. Writers: Jon Nite, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson Rating: 5/10 The long version: We’ve reached a point in time where Luke Bryan is harmless. Between the lackluster chart runs of recent hits like “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” and “What Makes You Country”… Read More Song Review: Luke Bryan – “Knockin’ Boots”

Album Review: Maren Morris – ‘GIRL’

The short version: Most of the problems from ‘HERO’ carry over to Maren Morris’ sophomore album, ‘GIRL.’ Favorite tracks: “Great Ones,” “A Song For Everything,” “GIRL,” “Shade” Least favorite tracks: “RSVP,” “Make Out With Me” Rating: 5/10 The long version: Maren Morris. To some, that name is synonymous with everything wrong with current mainstream country… Read More Album Review: Maren Morris – ‘GIRL’

Album Review: The Cactus Blossoms – ‘Easy Way’

The short version: Despite featuring a more refined sonic palette, ‘Easy Way’ by the Cactus Blossoms doesn’t offer much of anything interesting. Favorite tracks: “Easy Way,” “Got A Lotta Love,” “Please Don’t Call Me Crazy” Least favorite track: “See It Through” Rating: 5/10 The long version: In a way, artists being compared to their influences… Read More Album Review: The Cactus Blossoms – ‘Easy Way’

Album Review: Hayes Carll – ‘What It Is’

The short version: Hayes Carll’s ‘What It Is’ doesn’t have a poor foundation, but it suffers from a lack of expansion and poor execution. Favorite tracks: “Be There,” “Beautiful Thing,” “Times Like These,” “Fragile Men” Least favorite track: “Jesus and Elvis” Rating: 5/10 The long version: Life’s messy, and sometimes the art we hear reflects… Read More Album Review: Hayes Carll – ‘What It Is’

Song Review: Chris Janson – “Good Vibes”

The short version: Despite some good intentions, “Good Vibes” comes across as lazy rather than fun. Writers: Chris Janson, Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell Rating: 5/10 The long version: If you’re a fan of consistency, Chris Janson may not be the artist for you. Granted, it’s not like the strategy has failed him yet. For every… Read More Song Review: Chris Janson – “Good Vibes”