Review – Florida Georgia Line’s “Talk You Out of It”

Florida Georgia Line have been hearing from grumpy traditionalists that they’ve lost their relevancy and popularity. Of course I’ve already provided the numbers that prove otherwise. Regardless of how you feel about them, there’s no other duo or group doing better popularity-wise than Florida Georgia Line right now. “Simple” was a smash for them and now they’ve chosen “Talk You Out of It” as their newest single. It’s an R&B meets country slow jam with an enticing sultry feel. The song centers on the guy waiting for his woman to pick a dress and go out. But once she finds that perfect dress, now he just wants to see her without it. Put simply it’s a couples sex jam. What really makes this song and what I would call its secret sauce is the hook: “Now you’re looking like a line from a Vandross song/I’m looking at that fine little dress you got on.” It just captures the whole vibe of the song and it’s instantly memorable. It also makes it easy to sing along. I’m glad the production isn’t heavy-handed either, as it just kind of lingers in the background and provides the ideal backdrop for the lyrics. It’s another solid single from Florida Georgia Line.

Grade: 7/10

Songwriters: Jameson Rodgers, Hunter Phelps, Michael Hardy & Alysa Vanderheym

Review – Florida Georgia Line’s “Simple”

Florida Georgia Line is a duo that I’ve had mixed thoughts about up to this point. They exploded onto the scene with their mega-hit “Cruise,” specifically the remix with Nelly. They were one of the prominent figures of the bro country era. But they’ve also proven they can bring depth and well-written messages with songs like “Dirt” and “May We All.” The duo is now back with two new songs, “Simple” and “Colorado,” with the former being the lead single. “Simple” seems like a combination of their biggest hits, as it’s both catchy and has a nice message behind it. The song greets you with some upbeat whistling, which I could do without. But they’re not too bad, as they aren’t prominent throughout the song. Overall the production of the song is quite reminiscent of the Lumineers or earlier Mumford & Sons: plucky and bright banjos accentuated by pop stylings. It has a nice summer feel to it. The song is about focusing on the simple things in life and the love you’re surrounded by. I particularly enjoy the part: “We used to live on Instagram/Worry ’bout who all gives a damn/’Bout where we’ve been and where we ended up.” The song then goes on about how finding love shows how meaningless all of this is and what truly matters. It fits the times and this time of the year. “Simple” stays true to its name and is a solid single from Florida Georgia Line.

Grade: 7/10

Songwriters: Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Michael Hardy & Mark Holman

P.S. “Colorado” is pretty good too, as it reminds me of a lot of the singalong drinking songs from the 90s and early 2000s.