Billy Currington - Enjoy
Review By: George
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
you are looking for an easy album, one you just set and play,
then Billy Currington’s latest may win your vote. After all,
Billy sells a zillion albums, nestles into the Billboard Chart
with frequent ease, and given a fan base that rings the globe,
he is pretty good at not only drinking beer, but also washing it
down with a proven formula.
The laid back and lazy “Pretty Good
At Drinkin’ Beer”, a charted fan favorite, telling of a
no-hopers inability to fix cars, mow lawns, dig deep holes or
pave long roads has the winning answer to male incompetence –you
just need to love beer. Written by Troy Jones – a Currington
album fav, as he also co-penned the 2009 hit “People Are Crazy”
– the tune sits homely with the overall image here. A squiz at
the album pics proves the point. We see the buffed and smiling
Currington, drizzled hair, Colgate smile, arms rippling all
offering those who like cheesecake the chance to enjoy
But while the wide smiles and beach
pics may excite some, overall the album, which peaked at #2 on
Billboard and is still flying high, doesn’t bounce for me, and
it’s not the CD I’d be blasting out at my next pool party.
Sure, there are passable tunes. The
Georgia native has a solid baritone voice, so it is not so much
the voice I am at odds with it is more the tunes. The album does
not grab me. Bland is a word that comes to mind.
Some tracks work. “Love Done Gone”
is a rolling, brass-riddled tale of love over, ended, the saving
grace – no misgivings.
don’t regret a single thing that we did/ anytime together, we
ever spent/ I wouldn’t change a thing baby, you know/sometimes
we just gotta go with the flow…”
The track, penned by Shawn Camp and
Marv Green, stands with the Dean Dillon co-written (Dale Dodson
& Scotty Emerick) “Perfect Day”. The cut, a ballad, pines along
nicely with its tale of wished-for perfection. Billy Joe Walker
and Shawn Camp offer up a pleasing rocker on this 10-tracker,
which is Currington’s fourth album. ”Lil’ Ol’ Lonesome Dixie
Town” is a kicker telling of good times beyond the suburban
fringe. And, if pushed for another passable, I‘ll give a finger
tip to the opening track, “All Day Long”.
But that is it.
There is good reason why Currington,
who has just scored a nod for a Single of the Year (“That’s How
Country Boys Roll), howls at the end of “Like My Dog”. The
track, a candidate for a “What The...” Award, is lame and limp.
Written by Scotty Emerick and Harley Allen, the tune bemoans the
difference between a cold and distant lover and the eager
obedience of man’s four-legged friend. Enough said.
Irate fans may want to write. There
is an e-mail address if needed. In the meantime, I might enjoy
myself with a much-needed beer.
I will treat it as a reward.