“Day Drinking” by Little Big Town

Grade: B+

It appears that fans want a little more “Pontoon” and fewer heavier tunes, given that Little Big Town’s serious fare, like “Your Side of the Bed” and “Sober,” languished in relative chart obscurity.

By all accounts, “Day Drinking” is the quartet’s highest-ranking chart debut, a true barometer that listeners prefer their LBT with a shot of fun.

The group can certainly render songs like this with the requisite spitfire and energy, making even these somewhat run-of-the-mill lyrics sound innovative and clever.

The first-rate production gives the song its shape, with a heavy drum line and prominent bass that stand out but never overwhelm the vocals.

And, as usual, the LBT vocals shine, with fine lead work from Karen Fairchild.

“Day Drinking” will hardly be remembered for its depth, but like a vacation cruise, it’s the perfect summer getaway.

Plus, we haven’t heard such dandy whistling in a song since Billy Walker’s “Charlie’s Shoes.” 

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