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"Can't Say I Ain't Country" Florida Georgia Line

by Courtney Deeren - Copy Editor
Wed, Feb 27th 2019 02:40 pm

On Friday, Feb. 15, Florida Georgia Line released its newest album, “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country.” The country duo began its fourth studio album in an interesting way, with the first track being a skit instead of a song. The track is quickly followed up by the song which shares the album name, “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country.” The album follows this pattern of intermittently juxtaposing songs with skits throughout the 19 tracks. This seemed surprising to find on a country album, because in the past these types of skits tend to be more popular amongst rappers like Logic and J. Cole. However, apparently the band is just bringing back a tradition that has long been laid to rest. 

Recently, the authenticity of country musicians has been called into question. But Florida Georgia Line seem to want to make it known that even if the members own Teslas, they are still true to their roots. On my first listen through, the title track wasn’t my favorite. While I enjoy the sentiment behind it, it felt too cliché for me.

One of my favorites from the track list was “People Are Different,” which makes a commentary about the current climate of society. The lyrics are striking, stating the obvious “people are different” several times throughout the chorus. The comparisons mentioned specifically seem to be calling out those who are very staunchly in opposition with one another “Left wing, right wing, jailhouse, freedom ring/ Old school, new school, everything in between.” The overarching theme of the song can be found several times in the chorus as well; “No matter what shape, no matter what color/ Break bread instead of fighting each other.” This was a refreshing surprise in the middle of an album from a genre that tends to not touch on this type of matter. 

Fans of the band might have noticed a similar voice on one of the tracks as Jason Derulo teamed up with the duo yet again for the song “Women,” which seems to show a great appreciation for the women of the world. 

While I found myself singing along to many of the songs, I also found some problems with the lyrics. It has long been a problem in the music industry, especially this genre, to talk about women in an objectifying way. As much as I hoped there was going to be some change and that the songs about women on this album would be as nice as “Simple,” I just couldn’t help but notice that almost every other song talked about women as an object of desire. Even in “Women” with lyrics like “The reason we’re livin’/ And lovin’ this life,” has it’s problematic lyrics. Pop culture and society in general have tendencies to make statements about what type of girls are worthy of attention and affection and this album, in a lot of ways, played into that image. On that end, I was a bit disappointed. 

Overall, despite the album having its issues with the way women are addressed, I enjoyed many of the songs and would listen to some of them again. I could do without the skits, even though I understand their importance to telling the story the band wanted to tell. There were also several songs that felt cliché, only one of which, “Small Town,” I would listen to again. 

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