Release Date: Sep 21, 2010
Record label: Mercury
Genre(s): Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
Nashville cats come no more laid-back than Billy Currington, whose fourth set of easygoing country-rock, Enjoy Yourself, plays like a treatise on low-?ambition living. Professionally, he’s “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer”; romantically, he wants a woman who’ll love him ”Like My Dog.” Fortunately, his charm is nearly as effortless. Listening to ”Bad Day of Fishin’?” (which still ”beats a good day of anything else”), you’ll wanna ditch work right along with him.
It could be argued that Billy Currington is enjoying himself just a tad too much on his fourth album. Everything rolls just a little bit too easily, Currington letting his words crawl out in a slow drawl, the tempos never getting any quicker than a shuffle, although things almost get heated on the bluesy closer, “Lil’ Ol’ Lonesome Dixie Town. ” It’s such a low-key, lazy record, so consistent in tone that the singsongy chorus of “Love Done Gone” positively blares, that it almost seems slight, but Currington works better when he’s unhurried, sounding relaxed and natural when he admits he’s “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” or when he wishes that his girl loved him like his dog does or when he says with a smile that a “Bad Day of Fishin'” beats a good day of anything else.
“We should probably go to work / I mean everybody does / Instead of sittin’ out here in the middle of nowhere / Working on a pretty good buzz”—Billy Currington, “Bad Day of Fishin’” Billy Currington’s big hits off his last album were a treatise, “That’s How Country Boys Roll”, filled with stock representations of the masculine country life, and a somewhat clever, “The Gambler”-esque yarn where an old man, a millionaire in secret, leaves his money to the young guy he shared a beer with, to prove his theory that “People Are Crazy”. Both songs are cutesy, while playing up the beer-drinking macho-man angle. The first single off his new album Enjoy Yourself, “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer”, takes those qualities as its basis, within a pretty loose framework, missing the fact that storytelling was the most appealing aspect of “People Are Crazy”.