Album Review: Spring Break... Checkin' Out by Luke Bryan
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AllMusic - 60 Based on rating 6/10
There comes a time in every bro's life when it's time to grow up and stop heading down south for Spring Break. For Luke Bryan, that time came in 2015. That was the year he released Spring Break... Checkin' Out, his seventh seasonal EP celebrating sand, sun, brews, and bikinis. Checkin' Out! came in ….
Luke Bryan is one of Nashville's top stars, but he can't stop himself from skipping town for just one more Spring Break. His seventh and final entry in the seasonal series pairs five new tracks with a few first released in 2014. The 38-year-old makes it all seem romantic, even when he's winking at his own advancing age: "This ain't the first time we've partied under these stars." There's a little heartbreak here and there, but drinking — a constant theme, naturally — helps wash it away.
The first half of 2015 was a slightly strange moment for country, especially chart country, because it mostly made for some serious waiting. Though there have been significant releases, the biggest names will either return later in the year, or remain sleeping off their collective residual hangover ….
After six recordings, eight increasingly well-attended free concerts on Panama Beach, and likely countless bad decisions and hangovers later, Luke Bryan is abdicating his throne as the king of spring break. Crowding 40 and having risen to country music’s pinnacle with top honors from the ACM and CMA, it feels like the right time for the Georgia native to give up the wet T-shirt ghost. The seventh and final entry in the “Spring Break” series combines all six tracks from last year’s “Spring Break .