Enjoy Yourself

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While Billy’s previous albums deftly blended his good-ol’-boy persona with sultry songs, this album seems to live in the shadow of his recent success with laid-back, narrative-heavy tracks (“People Are Crazy,” “Good Directions”). While the sentimental “Let Me Down Easy,” “Until You” and good-timing “Little Ol’ Lonesome Dixie Town” brim with vocal energy, this collection largely falls headlong into leisurely tales of drinking and fishing rather than the more spirited or smouldering fare that spurred earlier hits (“Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll”). While Billy does make one co-writing contribution with the clever “Bad Day of Fishin’,” he largely leaves the writing in the capable hands of tunesmiths such as Scotty Emerick, Shawn Camp and Troy Jones, the latter of whom penned “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.” Billy does a little howling himself near the end of the tongue-in-cheek “Like My Dog.” Though the album could benefit from a more diverse lineup of songs, his aw-shucks vocals work well on this collection, making it a perfect sleepy and summery soundtrack.

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