Here’s to the Good Times by Florida Georgia Line
If you’re looking for subtlety and nuance, you’ve come to the wrong spot. Here’s to the Good Times lives up to its title, as practically every cut declares, in a bold and up-front manner, an affinity for summertime, partying, women and trucks, whether separately or in any combination thereof.
No cliché is left untouched (turn your party lights on; keep it on the down-low) as one party tune rolls into another. And yet it all works. There’s more energy than a year’s supply of caffeine drinks and the songs are simply catchy and infectious.
The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley convincingly deliver (“sing” would be a bit too gracious) the tunes in a talky, staccato style while the music effectively blends hard-driving rock with country instrumentation and rapping beats.
“Cruise” brought the guys to the forefront, but the choice cuts here are “Shine On,” which surely contains one of the year’s best lines, Slide that little sugar shaker over here, and “Tell Me How You Like It,” on which both members sing a lead part.
The guys also collaborate with some of Music Row’s A-list writers, such as Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and David Lee Murphy.