Luke Bryan

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For A Better Balance Of Pop and Country Conventions, Listen To Luke Bryan’s Early Albums Like ‘Tailgates & Tanlines’

Luke Bryan is one of those artists that seems to have something for everyone. The general Country fan consensus though is that he used to be closer to his Country roots, but switched his style up, album by album, towards a Pop pandering style, which garnered him more and more success, but at the possible detriment of losing not just authenticity, but his a true sense of cool. Add to this the fact that he started becoming a real sex symbol with the ladies in the mid 2010s, and therefore, the music took on more electronic club worthy elements and pick-up artist phrasing – you know, to excite the female fans and sell more CDs and concert tickets. My biggest issue is that this catch all sexy attitude is hard to pull off unless you really have the gift of gab – and unfortunately, artists cut from Luke Bryan’s cloth more oft than not sound moronic when trying to say cool or sexy things. Yet I must concede, he is getting a response – yet I would have to honestly say the type of fans who don’t become flush with embarrassment at such lamely-delivered game don’t know the sound of true game in the first place. Alas, they are happy with the big anthem sing along spirit, and happy to be amongst like minded folks who enjoy the sexy party attitude offered up, uninterested in being critical about such anemic commercialized cool being voiced song after song, a vernacular which just would not pass in side by side comparisons with artists from other genres who slang sex in a more authentic and attractive way. Which is why I find Luke Bryan a very talented man yet one who too often throws these sayings and terms out blindly with the hopes of some of it sticking to the walls, causing me to cringe more often than not, even in the middle of song I might have been sort of digging. You can’t pretend to say stuff in a cool way. Especially in recording, you are blessed with the ability to perform multiple takes, so if you can’t get it right with all that production support behind you, and something cringy makes its way on to the actual track, then it becomes a question of taste. Searching for Luke Bryan’s true sense of taste, since I feel he has lost quite a bit in the pursuit of modern crossover hits, I investigate a popular transition album circa 2011 called “Tailgates & Tanlines”, where the instrumentation is still mostly analog, and the sexy-cool-guy lines are more confidently delivered and closer, I speculate, to Bryan’s authentic self.

Written by @taylor
Mar 15, 2019

Looking Back At The Luke Bryan Album That Changed My Perspective On Country Pop

I’m not gonna sit here & pretend like I’m not a hater, ‘cause I absolutely am in every conceivable way, previously priding myself on musical elitism back when I was but a young lad studying Jazz theory in the early-noughties. Other than dating a few southern belles in high school, I’d never really found a place in my heart for Country music in my earlier years as my only real exposure to the genre was acts like Gretchen Wilson & Big & Rich who were so damned hokey it could turn anyone away; I mean, as a mulato individual, it’s notably difficult to champion redneck culture when they’re the exact sort of people trying to vote away my rights as an American citizen. Over time, though, I found myself softening to the Country genre as a whole when certain Scotty McCreery tunes or Megan Morris joints hit my ear, catching my attention with their bouncy melodies & inspiringly wholesome vocal narratives, though to my surprise the album that really turned my head was Luke Bryan’s 2017 record What Makes You Country – Now, it may seem counterintuitive that the most generic of the bunch turned me on to a genre I had previously ignored, especially when there’re acts with far more talent like Chris Stapleton & Midland churning out nothing but solid gold these days, but something about this album made it incredibly clear to me that people – even those on the wrong side of social movements – really can change for the better in a market as politically-competitive as the Country space, with Bryan going from Honky Tonk conservative with a slightly-problematic stance on underage girls to someone who’s now actively promoting cultural equality & the end of gender discrimination within the tunes on this record, something I never thought I’d see coming from one of the older musicians in the market – Just like that, I was hooked on Country & found myself exploring every corner of the genre itself in the next couple years, making my sonic life richer in the process.

Mar 04, 2019

What Makes ‘What Makes You Country’ Good? The First Half Of A Top Heavy Luke Bryan Effort

Throughout his career , Luke Bryan has been a pretty equal mix of the frustratingly unintelligent Bro-Country sub genre and the more commendable Traditional Country formulas – all the while striking a chord with audiences through great instrumentation, comforting vocals, and something-for-everyone subject matter. This is why the CMA winner has been so popular, and so many people have bought his cds, filled their playlists with his mp3s, and supported his tours (the prolific performer won Billboard Music Award for Top Country Tour for 2018). Yes, he packs the stadium, not only because he is riding or propagating the latest trends, but because he knows how to connect with the audience’s emotional and topical tastes. I suppose I simply don’t share those tastes, though I want to like Luke Bryan a lot more, as I feel he could be even better if he ditched the traces of mediocrity that either plague a part of a singular track, or a whole half of an album, such as on What Makes You Country. Listening to the full album, I must admit that, already familiar with acts like his, I assumed the album style was going to be overwrought with loud, cliché, shit-kickin’ ignorance, yet I’m happy to hear that this is not the case. The album celebrates certain cliché’s, sure, but it is mostly a humble delivery, which I appreciated. Still, many tracks on the tail half of the album are plagued with aimless measures, weakly designed hooks, and terrible interpretations of modern styles in an attempt to crossover. If you are going to crossover, make sure you understand the source material, and make damn sure that you can execute.

Written by @taylor
Mar 04, 2019

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Born

    1976-07-17

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    2006–present

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Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his music career writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington – before signing with Capitol Nashville with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd in 2007.
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