Chris Janson - Fix a Drink EP
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Fix a Drink EP (Warner Nashville, 2017)

Chris Janson

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

The title track for Chris Janson's "Fix a Drink" mines much the same territory of his humorous 2015 single "Buy Me a Boat." It's a song about innocent escapism. Janson may not be the best man to resolve the world's many overwhelming problems, but he can make a killer alcoholic beverage. That's as far as he goes as a fixer.

This five-song EP is a relatively light-hearted little project. "Everybody" speaks to the elevated expectations of most humans. However, the character in this song has a one-track mind - he just wants to win the heart of one girl. "Little Bit of Both" is a soulful, brass-accented tune where Janson sings of enjoying a little of everything in moderation. He likes to party, yes, but he also appreciates a touch of religion in his life too. "Redneck Life" is a kind of "Born this Way," Southern style. Over a Chuck Berry-like old rock & roll groove, Janson tells us he didn't choose the redneck life; the redneck life chose him. The lone song that doesn't fit with the others is "Name on It," an overly earnest love/lust song that comes off like a b-level Luke Bryan track.

Janson sings about many of the same subjects Bryan has built his career upon, but with a far higher likeability factor. Let's put it this way. Janson's the kind of guy you'd be glad to have fixing your drinks.

CDs by Chris Janson

All In, 2022 Real Friends, 2019 Everybody, 2017 Fix a Drink EP, 2017 Buy Me A Boat, 2015

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