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Florida Georgia Line

6-Pack EP – 2020 (Big Machine)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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When Florida Georgia Line sing about how much they love their country with "I Love My Country," this lightning rod duo must certainly be aware that not everybody loves 'their' country. 'Their' country doesn't always match the country music of George Strait, after all, who is name-dropped in said song. Strait is just too stylistically straight, for instance, to ever work in the sort of hip-hop cadence that drives "Ain't Worried About It." With that said, though, Florida George Line makes it awfully difficult to hate the act on account of its "6-Pack" EP. These six songs are just so darn catchy to fully dislike.

The project opens with "Beer:30," an unapologetic drinking song. It's not all that deep, lyrically, but it has a Jerry Reed-like arrangement in places that just sticks with you. The EP's country pride song is "Countryside," which soulfully brags on small life. "U.S. Stronger" is Florida Georgia Line's entry into the patriotic song category. Its lyric honestly admits to America's faults, but amounts to something more positive than negative in its state of the nation address.

The aforementioned "I Love My Country" mixes a classic rock-inspired electric guitar riff with picked banjo. Florida Georgia Line also raps a bit on this one. Hip-hop has made its way into nearly every genre of music, so it likely doesn't sound out of place to Florida Georgia Line's main audience demographic. Some folks like only like pepperoni and cheese on their pizza, while others are good with throwing any and all stuff atop their lunch pies. Florida Georgia Line fans are likely in that latter group. Hip-hop? Pour it on! Rock & roll? Crank it up! Soft soul? Sweet!

If you're the kind of person that often finds yourself commenting, 'It's all good,' you'll probably enjoy "6-Pack." With its menu of soul, country, rock and rap sounds, it can oftentimes be an omnivore's delight.