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Luke Bryan, ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ – Song Review

That's My Kind of Night
Capitol Records

Luke Bryan‘s new single ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ promises to be his most controversial release to date. The singer goes all-in on the country-rap style that — despite loud objections from traditionalists — is covering the radio like kudzu. He sounds both horribly out of place and right at home.

Lyrically, the trio of songwriters have put together a story that relies on every imaginable hip-hop and country cliche. Big tires, a feel-good bottle of booze, corn rows (on a farm, not a human head), superstar name checks, love under the moonlight and bling … there’s hardly an original thought in this song. Most aren’t even original to Bryan’s catalog.

The chorus goes: “All them other boys wanna wind you up and take you downtown / But you look like the kind that likes to take it way out / Out where the corn rows grow, row, row my boat / Floatin’ down the Flint River, catch us up a little catfish dinner / Gonna sound like a winner, winner when I lay you down and love you right / Yeah, that’s my kind of night.

(Note to communities along Georgia’s Flint River: boost your tourism budget, because after this third name check in a country single since 2008, things are about to get real.)

There is something wonderfully charming about Bryan’s performance, however, and despite one ill-advised “uh-uh” early in the intro, the production comes across as corny-cool. Bryan makes a living with corny-cool. “Might sit down on my diamond plate tailgate / Put in my country ride hip-hop mixtape / Little Conway, a little T-Pain, might just make it rain,” he sings in the second verse, before the clothes start coming off.

You can hang your t-shirt on a limb / Hit that bank and we can ease on in / Soak us up a little moonlight / You know I know what you like, yeah.”

‘That’s My Kind of Night’ is an eye-roller from start to finish, but Bryan’s absolute commitment makes it tolerable, if not enjoyable in the right setting. So far, only Brantley Gilbert has been able to pen a hip-hop-influenced single that finds that sweet spot between the two genres. With the right song down the road, Bryan could give the mixup a real chance to thrive on country radio.

2.5 Stars

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