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Apr 11

GAC Album Review: Luke Bryan’s Spring Break…Here To Party

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan’s 2013 album, Spring Break…Here To Party.

Luke Bryan has more than a few new reasons to throw a party after taking home the prize for ACM Entertainer of the Year earlier this week in Las Vegas. And rest assured, if he does throw one, it’d probably be big since the Georgia native is also more than a little familiar with the duties required as host. Exhibits A – D? His annual beach-bound EPs released every March starting with 2009’s Spring Break With All My Friends.

What is now a yearly tradition, and the soundtrack for thousands of co-eds headed to the sandy shores of sun-drenched locales like Panama City Beach and the Keys, is now available as one compilation album spanning 14 keg-ready tracks. Spring Break…Here To Party packs all of the previous four EPs onto one album along with two new tracks including the project’s lead single, “Buzzkill.” You’re like brakes on my brain, Luke sings with a sentimental sense of humor on the rather endearing track. While the song offers a quick breather from the album’s beer Olympics, Spring Break…Here To Party keeps the tempo up and the good times flowing.

Songs like “If You Ain’t Here to Party” and “Love In A College Town” fuel up on catchy power chord rhythms and lyrics that go down easy. We won’t ever look as good as we do now, Luke reveals on the latter, throwing caution to the wind with a self-aware smile. And on the Greek system ode, “Sorority Girl,” Southern Belles with a daring edge catch his eye as distorted open chords ring out. Spring Break…Here To Party isn’t a serious album, but it’s also not supposed to be. It understands exactly what it is — fun songs to turn up loud — and makes the most of it when the dials are up.

“Suntan City” toasts to a good week to come with coke and crowns held high while the new song “Just A Sip” celebrates the mandatory pre-party. Country-fried guitar licks are there to give “Shore Thing” a traditional kick that goes down smooth to enjoy happy hour all day in the sand, and a “Little Bit Later On” is exactly that – a simple, catchy song about making plans later on with a hick hop intro. Most songs carry the same breezy, anything goes feel found down on the boardwalk with a genuine flair for a good time. Like Luke sings through loose guitars on “Wild Weekend,” As long as the keg don’t float and the ice don’t melt…

Spring break flirtations are part of many college trips to the beach and Spring Break…Here To Party provides songs for any occasion. The roaring standout cut, “In Love With The Girl,” features echoing guitar leads that play like her memory and “Spring Break-Up” tries to let her down easy after the weeklong fling. You ain’t from here and neither am I, he sings with a humorous nonchalance. However, Luke’s really a romantic at heart, as “Shake The Sand” pairs sweet guitars with lyrics about listening to the waves on the beach.

At its happy hour core, Spring Break…Here To Party is a fun album about having fun. “Cold Beer Drinker” is a Southern bar band tune full of Georgia Satellites guitar absolutely made for a Saturday night. And even though “Take My Drunk Ass Home” is a little tune about knowing when to call it a night, you can bet Spring Break…Here To Party will be playing all night long at many beach houses. Just don’t forget to bring a tap.

Key Tracks – “Buzzkill,” “In Love With The Girl,” “Cold Beer Drinker,” “Shore Thing”

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