Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes
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Anything Goes (Big Machine, 2014)

Florida Georgia Line

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying.

That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night."

As to underscore the need to party, a lot of drinking goes down in the life of Florida Georgia line with songs mentioning Jager, Bud, "Jack in my Coke," Bacardi. Not to mention drugs.

And, of course, sex. "Bumpin' The Night" makes that clear. So do the lyrics of "Sun Daze": "I sit you up on a kitchen sink/Stick the pink umbrella in your drink." Not exactly subtle.

Their sound tends to be very big - rocking a lot with vocals from FGL right upfront, but it's a big and bold with lots of heavily layered vocals from Hubbard and Kelly. The party atmosphere goes reggae on "Sun Daze."

There is a healthy doses of mandolin (title track and many other songs) and other country styled instrumentation (Dobro on the break in "Sun Daze" and banjo on "Smile") sprinkled throughout, but typically under the surface. There's not all that much sense of sonic moderation being exercised as the sound grows bigger.

The hit single "Dirt" is the most different sounding song. That's mainly because FGL takes a more restrained approach to it, for a while anyway. A more tender delivery takes over on a song that gives praise for the land in a low key style, ending with the line "You know you came from it and someday you'll return to it."

But aside from that, Florida Georgia Line offers slight variations of the same themes and music very much geared for radio and concert singalongs. Anything goes for Florida Georgia Line so long as it's looking for the party.


CDs by Florida Georgia Line

6-Pack EP, 2020 Dig Your Roots, 2016 Anything Goes, 2014 Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll, 2013 It's Just What We Do, 2012


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