Review: “Anything Goes” by Florida Georgia Line

WRITTEN BY: Adrianna Velazquez
Image Source: Big Machine Label Group

Although country duo Florida Georgia Line aren’t the first to infuse old-school country with hip-hop, rock or pop, the duo made up of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are the first ones to capitalize on genre-busting hits.

The duo who first rattled the charts with their No. 1 single “Cruise” and are back at it again with the recent release of their sophomore album, Anything Goes, a follow up to 2013’s Here’s To The Good Times.

The album opens with the title track, “Anything Goes,” which perfectly describes the overall record characterized by duo’s famous or infamous bro-country appeal with many surprises among the album’s beats and harmonies.

“Sun Daze,” is a sure-fire hit about a laid-back summer day soaking up the sun with it’s banjo and hand claps that give the track a fun groove.

Although “Bumpin’ the Night” is a predictable ballad on the album about a couple enjoying alone time cruising around town sipping on drinks, the arrangement adds a unique twist, making it less than ordinary.

The album’s bittersweet ballad, “Dirt” showcases a different side of the hip-swaying duo that we don’t see often enough and that is their ability to focus on subjects outside of party anthems, a different approach they conquer well having recently topped Billboard’s Hot Country Airplay chart.

“Smile,” a radio-friendly track is sure to win over the lady listeners with its sweet lyrics, “Lay your pretty head on my shoulder, For a while and find your jam on my radio dial, Girl all I want, is just to see you smile.”

The album closes with “Like You Ain’t Even Gone” and the energetic track, “Every Night” which will soon see its respected time on radio airwaves.

All-in-all, the album’s cohesiveness and integrated genre-busting surprises are captivating and hard-to-forget, sure to produce respective hits much like 2013’s Here’s To The Good Times.

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