Florida Georgia Line
Anything Goes


2.0
poor

Review

by Alkemest USER (16 Reviews)
November 4th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 10/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A stale, cliche and forgettable pop album.

There's no mistaking it, Florida Georgia Line is the epitome of pop country music in 2014. With relative success on the music charts, and with their single 'Dirt' hitting the coveted #1 slot on country Billboard, Florida Georgia Line proves that for better or worse, they're here to stay. With their latest album, 'Anything Goes', the duo lives up to the title on this album, certainly anything that sells, goes.

In all fairness, Florida Georgia Line isn't really a country band. These guys are more or less a turn of the century boy band moonlighting as a bad pop country outfit. Almost nothing on this album feels authentic. Listening through the roughly 40-minute play time is an exercise in repetition and cliche.

Take for instance the lyrics to 'Bumpin' the Night': “Two bottles of Bud, two speakers in the trunk, two people in love, just bumpin' the night, two crazy hearts.” The lyrical content of this album is what one would expect out of someone who watched the Blue Collar Comedy tour on repeat while listening to Jason Aldean and Toby Kieth in the background. Throw in a healthy dose of metro-sexual 'refinement', and you're looking at 'Anything Goes'. Only more stereotypical and less interesting. Trucks, booze, girls and partying are the bread and butter of this record.

Clearly the band was going for a 'feel good' album, and taken individually there's nothing particularly offensive about each song. On their own, they're each pretty harmless nods to drinking, driving trucks and having a good time. The problem arises when they release an entire record comprised of nothing but these exact same cliches. Quite frankly, it's like they had two singles written, and decided to chop them up and stretch them out over eleven songs.

I say eleven songs, because in all honesty, 'Dirt' really isn't a terrible track. In fact, it's the only song on the album that expresses anything close to real, heartfelt sentiment. It's overstated, grandiose pop country instrumentation is fitting, and it's lyrical content actually feels like some effort and thought was put into it.

Of course, this in no way meaningful way offsets the other eleven tracks chock full of tacky production and mindless attempts at fun. And I do mean tacky. On songs like 'Smile' the listener is treated to some of the most basic banjo picking ever recorded. The solos on most tracks feel like they were thrown in as an afterthought. The guitar work is nothing new, even by modern pop country standards and the drumming is as basic as everything else.

Most of this could be forgiven, or at least more acceptable, if this album wasn't so relentlessly forgettable. As with most half-assed pop artists, Florida Georgia Line shoots squarely for flash in the pan fame. Seeing as they're on tour with one of the bigger names in pop country, Jason Aldean, it appears to be working.

If you like your music shallow, bland, repetitive and forgettable, Florida Georgia Line's latest album is right up your alley. If you don't, then steer clear of 'Anything Goes'.



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Alkemest
November 3rd 2014


316 Comments


I need to start writing more hatchet jobs lol

Snake.
November 3rd 2014


21573 Comments


what

Alkemest
November 3rd 2014


316 Comments


Reviews of albums that suck. They're fun, but goddamnit it was hell sitting through this album twice.

VaxXi
November 4th 2014


4402 Comments


I refuse to believe Florida Georgia Line can get anything higher than a 1.5

Alkemest
November 4th 2014


316 Comments


'Dirt' is alright. I mainly gave it the 2 instead of 1.5 because I can see how this would be enjoyable if you like watered down pop country. It's bad, really bad, but I can at least see how people would like it even if I think it's a steaming pile of dog crap.



trackbytrackreviews
November 4th 2014


3382 Comments


First rating lol

Ryus
November 4th 2014


17393 Comments


wow fucking terrible group

trackbytrackreviews
November 4th 2014


3382 Comments


Worse is their debut already went 2x Platinum

hikingmetalpunk
November 4th 2014


2208 Comments


saw these guys on the pre-game of the gators bulldogs game, lookin like a couple of dbags. this is what has become of country? mr cash is rolling over in his grave.

trackbytrackreviews
November 4th 2014


3382 Comments


Well Garth Brooks is releasing an album next year no?

Alkemest
November 4th 2014


316 Comments


I'm sorry @hikingmetalpunk lol I'd rather shove shit up my nose than see these guys live.

Honestly I'm not as offended by these suckers running around making shitty party music as I am people like Aldean and Blake Shelton pretending to be natures eternal gift to country.

At least these guys seem to be a bit more self aware and a little less delusional, if not just as bad.

Alkemest
November 4th 2014


316 Comments


Billboard gave it a 4/5. -_-


http://www.billboard.com/Florida-Georgia-Line-Anything-Goes-Album-Review

King_Smithy
July 13th 2015


292 Comments


I lol'd so hard when I saw that Torsofuck were included as "similar artists" on this band's page XD

Spec
August 12th 2015


35668 Comments


"this is how we roll" is a great tune when you're drinkin' not even joking

gotta choose a few when you have country radio crammed down your throat all the time

Cygnatti
August 22nd 2016


32774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is how we roll is a great tune in almost any time tbh

Cygnatti
October 19th 2016


32774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

these guys get emo-pop af sometimes.

splinter
February 15th 2019


425 Comments


love it

StrikeOfTheBeast
February 15th 2019


6218 Comments


These guys are a joke.

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tmagistrelli
February 21st 2019


800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this album might just be their opus lol



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