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Luke Bryan

Spring Break...Checkin Out – 2015 (Capitol Nashville)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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The funky keyboard line that introduces the song "Checkin' Out," with its Ray Charles soulful feel, fills the listener with false promise that "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," the latest and last in Luke Bryan's spring break EP series, might mark a more innovative direction in the bro country star's music. The song even includes a wonderful acoustic guitar solo that gives it a loose, freewheeling feel. Unfortunately, this singer is far too aware of which side his bread is buttered on, and the rest of this release is fairly generic.

Bryan is at his worst with "Good Lookin' Girl," which is precisely what Maddie & Tae had in mind when they wrote "Girl In A Country Song." This lust bucket for Bryan's sex-craved eyes doesn't even get the dignity of being referred to by name. At one point in the song, Bryan tells her she doesn't even need to speak. Of course not; guys don't want their porn pics to talk back to them. The second lowest place is "She Get Me High," which rips off Tom Petty's "Freefallin'," if Petty's lawyers are reading this.

This is music created for spring break revelers the way '80s coming of age films were paint-by-numbers flicks for horny teenage males. So, unless you're in that limited spring break demographic, just stay clear of this one.