Florida Georgia Line - “Life Rolls On” Review
Florida Georgia Line gets stuck in the mud on their fifth studio album “Life Rolls On.”
The duo has had no trouble finding success since releasing their debut single “Cruise” in 2012, which was a radio and country hit across the nation. They struck gold twice with 2016’s “Meant to Be” collaboration with Bebe Rexha, going platinum and shattering the charts once again.
So what’s next for one of the biggest country acts? Is a new hit going to populate the radio?
Well, probably not.
"Life Rolls On" struggles to deliver songs with any real meaning or catchiness to them, finding the 43-minute, 16-track record to be very repetitive and generic.
One of the biggest issues of the album is the length.
Last year, Florida Georgia Line released “6-Pack EP” and all six of those songs are on the new record. The three pre-album singles that were also released make an appearance too, leaving fans with only seven new songs. The decision must have been done for the sole reason of boosting album sales, otherwise, why just not release another EP instead of a compilation?
The production choices as well are very questionable.
The best songs on the record are the ones that sound the most organic with live instrumentation, but unfortunately, there isn’t much of that here. Any attempt to infuse elements of hip-hop fails miserably — sounding very awkward and overblown.
The only time that 808’s have probably ever worked in a country song was Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” The ad-libs really don’t help either. “New Truck” somehow sounds like a ripoff of “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M. — the concept of the track is truly ambitious.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s songwriting, lyrics and delivery are very hit-or-miss. “Beer:30” displays some of their most lazy lyrics on the bridge “Yeah, we probably didn't even need a bridge for the song | But we figured that we'd just amuse ya.” Or on the lead single “I Love My Country” they sing: “Ain't sorry, ain't nothin' to be sorry about | I love my country, I love my country up loud.”
Although it seems like they meant good by it, it’s questionable considering the turmoil of the country over the past few months.
A majority of the songs are about Hubbard and Kelley’s love for beer, women, America, God, trucks and partying. While the album itself isn’t very special, both of their voices stand out and can help differentiate themselves from other country acts to even the most casual of listeners.
A few of the tracks stick out for the right reason.
“Always Gonna Love You” is a bit of an earworm, and it actually sounds like they’re trying. “Long Time Comin’” has the best vocal delivery on the album and is incredibly wholesome. “Let's spend the whole night lovin' | Make up for lost kisses like I was never gone” Hubbard sings on the chorus, and is backed by angelic sounding vocals that sound beautiful.
"Life Rolls On" is an album that had lots of potential, but it — unfortunately — fell flat on its face due to Florida Georgia Line taking nearly every shortcut possible. Both individuals have enough talent to come up with either very sincere and riveting country cuts, or fun-loving pop hits, but this album lacks both of them.
Rumors have spread that there’s a chance the duo may break up and their future is uncertain.
Will this be the end of Florida Georgia Line? Only time will tell what will happen to the Nashville band, but hopefully whatever comes next is better than this album.
Reviewer’s Favorite Songs: “Always Gonna Love You,” “Long Time Comin,’” “Eyes Closed”
Reviewer’s Least Favorite Songs: “Countryside,” “Beer:30,” “New Truck”
Caelan Chevrier is a freshman majoring in journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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