Lee Brice Review
I used to wonder if I'm a fan of Lee Brice or an apologist. I wondered if I actually liked his first three albums and thought they were country (to my standards). Was I being hypocritical defending his music or was I right? Well, I looked back at his first three albums and noticed that the songs I love by him are indeed great. I also noticed that half of his songs were not downloaded or saved on Spotify, and for good reason.
Brice has a divisive sound. His singles have ranged from the despressing Happy Endings to the annoying Parking Lot Party. He has phenomenal deep cut songs on his albums like That's When You Know It's Over, That Way Again, and Panama City. He has duds and worthless party songs that all but ditch the country genre in Sumter County Friday Night, Girls in Bikinis, and My Carolina.
Lee Brice's fourth album is more of the same: a mix of duds and fantastic country music. His lead single Boy had me excited for this album release. I'm not sure if anything else was released before the album, but I had heard what I needed to hear to know I'd go all in when it released.
Then the album began. What Keeps You Up At Night was a very Lee Brice sound. Good lyrics with a bit of a contemporary country sound. I was content knowing that the album could at least be this decent throughout. However, that led into the second track, the cancerous track titled Little Things, where Lee Brice seems to want everyone to know he can rap. It was followed up by American Nights, which was a pandering song to remind everyone he is an American and knows how we feel when we find a twenty dollar bill in our pockets. I'm sure Lee Brice hasn't known the feeling of being 20 dollars richer than he originally thought in upwards of ten years, if not longer.
After that, there aren't any real country music sins. It's a pretty bland country release, with the exception of a few standouts, including You Can't Help Who You Love, Songs in the Kitchen, Best Part of Me, and the fun I Don't Smoke.
This album seems to be another one that will sell fairly well, maybe provide Brice with a couple top ten hits and maybe a number one hit. Lee Brice will continue to play it safe, as Chris Young has seemed to do on his past three albums, to not pander to the pop sensibilities on the radio but not stick to his guns either.