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I think "Tailgates and Tanlines" is definitely his best CD yet. I'll admit it - I find "Country Girl" to be probably my biggest guilty pleasure of the year. The song really doesn't have much lyrical value but it's fun and there's something about the feel of that song that just draws me in. That said, I'm way to old to be shaking it for anyone.
I kind of thought the CD would be more like that lead song. I thought it would probably be a more up-tempo, party type of CD and it really isn't. It's actually quite power-ballad heavy and maybe a little TOO power ballad heavy as I would have liked another song or two that was more like "Country Girl". But then I always say that I'm a sucker for a good ballad - and this CD has a couple great ballads. You MUST listen to "You Don't Know Jack". I assumed "You Don't Know Jack" would be some hard-rocking-country song about Jack Daniels. It's actually a very touching song about man down on his luck who has turned to drinking; "You don't know Jack, double shot, 80 proof, on the rocks, until you've lost it all". GREAT SONG!!!
I'm a big Ashton Shepherd fan and I was listening along to the CD and when "Tailgate Blues" started playing I thought "Wow, whoever is singing with Luke fits his vocals perfectly!" So I immediately picked up the insert and saw Ashton Shepherd is in the credits as singing back up vocals.They should sing more together...WOW!
And then I'd like to thank Luke Bryan for putting 13 cuts on this CD. I felt like I got two bonus songs!!! And Luke is a great songwriter and has co-writes on eight out of the 13. I would suggest starting with the first cut ("Country Girl") and let it play all the way through. You won't want to skip a song. Then the next listen will take you a couple weeks because you'll be hitting replay continuously. :)
My Favorite Cuts: "Drunk On You", "You Don't Know Jack", "I Don't Want This Night To End", "Harvest Time"...well, actually, I could probably name all 13 cuts. They're all great.