After his pretty awful March album, “Spring Break…Here to Party”, Luke Bryan has shown country music fans why he deserved their vote back in April when he was crowned the 2013 ACM Entertainer of the Year. Bryan’s latest album, “Crash My Party” hasn’t only been the number one country album on iTunes for the last two weeks, but has also gotten him enough buzz to raise his 2011 masterpiece and breakout album “Tailgates and Tanlines” to third among all country albums. Is it really that good? Yep.
Different sounds, clever lyrics, crazy-good voice. The new album does include typical country songs about trucks, love, and beer, but the flexibility and range of Bryan’s voice helps make the album one of a kind. Poetic comparisons packed into each song show why he is among country’s elite. If Bryan was attempting to test the versatility of his voice, he definitely succeeded, nailing slow heartfelt songs as well as wild country party anthems.
The reason I’m in love with the album is the unique way Bryan can make his songs relatable to both a redneck in Oklahoma and a Cuban teenager in Miami. Songs such as “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Out like That,” and “We Run This Town” put a unique spin on the typical country party song. The April chart topper, “Crash my Party,” along with “Beer In the Headlights,” “Roller Coaster,” and my one of the best, “Play it Again”, all provide new sounds and metaphors on falling in love. And like every country album, Bryan has to address heart break: through songs like “I See You” and “Goodbye Girl” Bryan gives his lonelier fans great songs to cry to.
But my favorite song on the album is “Blood Brothers.” The topic itself sums up Bryan’s new album: unique, personal, and meaningful. The song illustrates Bryan’s ability to hit every note. Fast and slow, the song delivers a heartfelt message about the bond between brothers, not typical country material.
Overall, Bryan packs his “Dirt Road Diary” filled with love, partying, family, and just kicking back to all who buy his album. Every song has a message, every song has a unique outlook and beat, every song is worth a listen.
Bottom line: 9 outta 10
Editor’s note: Joseph Piscitelli is the chief executive producer for CCNN Live. He is also an opinion writer for Adolecent Press where this was originally published. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of CCNN Live, or of Christopher Columbus High School.