Published Feb 14, 2019Florida Georgia Line's fourth studio album, Can't Say I Ain't Country, is a mix of country pop, rock and hip-hop, making it a bro-country mecca. For the most part, their smart and witty lyrics show their country roots more than the production that is either softened with bluegrass and folk elements, or hardened with rhythm and blues and hip-hop beats.
The duo that created the bro-country genre embraces spoken word verses like Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Backroad," which pays tribute to '70s and '80s country songs like Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." The traditional country-sounding gem "Can't Say I Ain't Country" has lyrics that plead redemption, because they "cuss on Sunday," and steps outside of convention with a lyrical bridge that addresses the moon landing and evolution.
The song that inspires affinity and harmony, "People Are Different," includes the lyric, "...break bread instead of fighting each other." The country pop rock rejection anthem "Colorado" uses the outro for a quick-witted reference to the poem and nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. "Blessings" is about love and matrimony with the lyric, "God made two lovers out of strangers." The country rock prideful "Can't Hide Red," featuring Jason Aldean, is about moving from a small town to a big city while still keeping small town American traditions. A misstep on the album is "Swerve," which uses Roland 808s to replicate a hip-hop tune from the 2000s and borrows lyrics from rap songs to substantiate relevance with the youth.
To say that Florida Georgia Line ain't country is to define the genre indefinitely. Florida Georgia Line's most current version of country music meshes various genres together, with lyrics and stories that provide a cleverness, intellect and awareness that makes a charismatic country song. Even though their unique music production always nudges musical boundaries, Can't Say I Ain't Country attempts to knock down musical barriers by affixing a fresh glow on past country music trends. (Big Machine)