Chris Janson - Everybody
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Everybody (Warner Nashville, 2017)

Chris Janson

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Chris Janson's full-length release, "Everybody," includes the same party songs that first appeared on his "Fix A Drink" EP. And while the full length adds more evidence for his image as a good time party starter, it also reveals his softer side, presenting a more well-rounded performer.

"Bein' A Dad" is a quiet, sentimental song about parenthood. When Janson sings, "God, I love bein' a dad," he sounds just like Eric Church, a performer who's done a good job of incorporating both the wild and mild into the same package. "Drunk Girl" is even more noteworthy, as it is a piano ballad about an empathetic man doing the right thing; taking a drunk girl home, helping her out and not taking advantage of her. Both Hollywood and Washington could learn a thing or two from Janson's story right now. This is, as Janson puts it, the difference between a boy and a man.

One of the more unusual tracks is "Who's Your Farmer," which somehow finds a way to combine Toby Keith's "Who's Your Daddy" with Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," for no particularly good reason. With "Our World," Janson has created a Southern life anthem. It's a world where folks party on Friday and Saturday, but then get a little preaching on Sunday. It may appear contradictory to the outside world, but it works for these folks. The latter features some homespun harmonica and a choir of vocalists on its chorus.

With "Everbody," Janson proves he has skills beyond merely fixing a drink.

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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