Saturday, May 22, 2010

Billy Currington, "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer"

Billy Currinton's new single, the first from his as-yet-untitled fourth album, kicks off with a fun and bouncy steel guitar intro. It's enough to make you think, "Oh boy! This song is going to be a neotraditional rollicking good time!" But then Billy opens his mouth, and disappointment sets in as the song's terribly tepid lyrics come pouring out.

Once you've read this song's title, you've heard it all. The song's narrator mentions a variety of physically demanding or mentally challenging occupations, and says that he likely would not be able to perform such tasks ("I wasn't born for diggin' deep holes/ I'm not made for pavin' long roads/ I ain't cut out to climb high line poles") He then concludes, "But I'm pretty good at drinkin' beer." The song is entirely composed of one man's declaration that drinking beer is all he's good for.

I'm not saying that every country song needs to have groundbreaking lyrics. Some songs are meant to be just plain fun, and there's definitely nothing wrong with that. But the songwriters definitely could have tried harder, and done better than this. Besides being pointless, the lyrics describe this individual in a way that makes it hard to have any respect for him.

In spite of the lyrical weaknesses, the song's production is noteworthy. It has a straight country sound with a catchy steel guitar hook. Billy also adds some appeal to the song with a pleasantly laid-back vocal delivery that goes well with the song's theme.

But while the song does have an enjoyable sound, the bad lyrics still draw the most attention. Overall, this is a disappointing single that echoes Billy's similarly frivolous hit, "People Are Crazy." Sure, he's pretty good at drinkin' beer, but lately he's been pretty bad at picking out his songs.

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