Florida Georgia Line
Can't Say I Ain't Country


1.5
very poor

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
February 16th, 2019 | 49 replies


Release Date: 02/15/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If this is country, then get me the hell away from it forever.

Everyone has deep, dark secrets. Mine is that I don’t just tolerate the new wave of non-country country-pop, but that I actually enjoy it. I like Taylor Swift (just a little, it’s not an obsession). Dan + Shay haven’t really written a bad song yet, according to me. Ask me how I feel about Kacey Musgraves. Then there’s Florida Georgia Line, who are massively popular despite the fact that I’ve never actually encountered another person who admits to enjoying them. Their last album, Dig Your Roots, was a superb country-pop record that overflowed with hooks, charming country-ish twang, and accents of beautiful romanticism (just listen to ‘Island’). Yet, for as much as I tend to follow my whims and simply listen to what makes me feel good – regardless of musical reputation – I’m really struggling to wrap my head around Can’t Say I Ain’t Country.

First of all, none of these songs are memorable. If Florida Georgia Line had anything going for them, it was their ability to craft a solid hook and then pair it with a melody that sticks. The closest thing resembling that skill is the single ‘Simple’, which suffers from a slight case of lyrical chuckleheadedness (“It's just that simple, S-I-M-P-L-E, simple as can be”). The whole album reeks of pretension, which is an odd thing to say about an inherently mediocre pop band, but their desperation to be viewed as Country-with-a-capital-C is as aggravating as it is distracting from the actual music. The album’s title would be a good joke if I thought they were kidding in the slightest (I can assure you they’re not), and the cover art of them standing inside a dirty barn wearing overalls is a meme waiting to happen. Oh, and then they adopt the idea of skits (a traditional hip-hop/rap element) and sprinkle four of them across the record’s bloated nineteen tracks, one of which features Jason Derulo. So much for one-hundred percent pure-bred country.

Oh, right, the music. As I was saying, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country offers little of substance lyrically and lacks the fundamental qualities of a strong pop record. For every few semi-enjoyable lazy day choruses that exist (‘Talk You Out Of It’, ‘People Are Different’), there are two or three times as many bland, trite melodies that have been heard before both within the band’s discography as well as outside of it, alongside ham-fisted attempts to invoke rural imagery like singing about John Deere tractors or feeling bad for “cussin’ on a Sunday.” One of the worst things a supposed “country” artist/band can do is shove lifestyle clichés down their listeners’ throats; why not write about something real, something actually going on in the lives of said artist or perhaps events/experiences that people can relate to?Even Taylor Swift gets that. And if these are the real life experiences of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, then I feel very sorry for them.

Can’t Say I Ain’t Country is an amalgamation of country-pop’s worst features. It’s country without the grit or emotion; pop without any of the fun or hooks. I do suppose that lifelong Florida Georgia Line fans will find something to latch onto here, but as a closet fan of the genre – with no allegiance to any particular band – I can say with confidence that this album is a dud. Country-pop junkies, get your fix elsewhere.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
February 16th 2019


32493 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

/rant



3 more reviews til #400

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2019


19071 Comments


jason

deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeruuuuuuuuulooooooooooooo

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Sunnyvale
February 16th 2019


1186 Comments


These guys are in the running for the worst band ever...

Cygnatti
February 16th 2019


32916 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wrong

Sunnyvale
February 16th 2019


1186 Comments


Haha, I stand corrected

betray
February 16th 2019


9393 Comments


absolutely slaps dick

Cygnatti
February 16th 2019


32916 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

jason derulo on here? hype

veninblazer
February 16th 2019


10170 Comments


Ewww. Can't say if I want to stay away or check just for the lulz of how awful this likely is.

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SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2019


32493 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's like FGL normally is except not catchy this time. Take that for what you will.

veninblazer
February 17th 2019


10170 Comments


Yeah, tho i could probably laugh at the skits.

keza
February 17th 2019


470 Comments


I could not for the life of me understand the appeal of FGL ever but hey each to their own or something

veninblazer
February 17th 2019


10170 Comments


this is so fucking generic, but it's slightly less annoying than their debut so far.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


16815 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Love the cover, the title, it's such a perfect meme.

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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


16928 Comments


ew

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 18th 2019


32493 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"it's such a perfect meme"

exactly, it's like they used that knowing full well that it will go viral in a bad way

maybe that was their intention who knows

WretchedCacophony
February 18th 2019


1717 Comments


"First of all, none of these songs are memorable. If Flordia"
Flordia

FLORDIA

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GPooch21
February 18th 2019


123 Comments


Why would you do this to yourself?

DavidShaw1213
February 18th 2019


222 Comments


I was just thinking how I wanted to see Sowing do a super negative review again.

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 18th 2019


32493 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Between this and Avril Lavigne, that's 2 already this week.

DamnVanne
February 18th 2019


3159 Comments


Incidentally, these guys are the worst thing to happen to popular music since Jason DeRulo



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