Nov 8, 2012
Phoenix Stone - 100 Proof Moonshine
(listen at the link)
The People's Take:
Best Country Song! (5 Stars)
Great artist! I wish more country songs were like this!!
Love 100 Proof Moonshine (5 Stars)
Love this new song!! It's the best country song I've heard in a long time!
Mr. Stone, if that is his real name, must have been listening to Jake Owen's 2011 hit, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" when he was writing this song. The similarities are far too striking for it to be a coincidence. From the tempo to the subject matter to the instrumentation to the "Ooh Whoas," (only this time they're "Ooh Yeahs") this is very nearly a copycat track. There's also the line "We were rock stars living so large" that falls nearly the same spot in the song as Owen's "We were shining like lighters in the dark in the middle of a rock show." While "BBJN" was playful and catchy enough to make the song better than the sum of its cliché parts, "100 Proof Moonshine" sounds forced and crammed with way too many country signifiers and soccer-mom-friendly wistful notions. There's also some autotune and a crowd singalong to take this piece of crap totally over the top into country radio approved cheese. Stone learned to "make love all night" growing up in Florida…. so there's that bit of knowledge for you, in case you care. He can fight, hunt and fry alligator too. If those are important factors in a future mate, you gals might wanna give him a gander. Phoenix's (if that is really his name) vocals are okay and much more country-sounding than I expected coming from one of the founding members of the Backstreet Boys. That may be the only positive that can be drawn from this 190 proof cup of diarrhea. This is just another pop/rock singer following the path of least resistance into Nashville's welcoming arms, nothing more. It's a "how country I am" and party song all rolled into one. And there's even a Def Leppard reference. Need any other information to draw a conclusion about this reeking meadow muffin? It's a rip-off and a restating of the subject matter of what seems like 90% of the songs on the charts. Nothing to see or hear here.
Total Value: .00/.99
✓Name Dropping (song title dropping, anyway)
Feb 20, 2012
Jan 4, 2012
Sep 7, 2011
The People's Take:
Finally! (5 Stars)
It's nice to have him back and making music again. Really hope radio picks it up and supports him because he is a true artist.
Confused (1 Star)
i got this song confused with every other song that is currently on country radio…
(Editor's note: Review WIN!)
If Chris Cagle has listened to the radio in his time away from the charts, surely he's noticed by now. If he's read Chet Flippo's CMT.com articles, Saving Country Music's rants, Country California's fake news or quotes, Farce the Music's anything (unlikely), or even a few random newspaper articles (even less likely), he must have recognized the trend.
I know you're familiar with the trend. Not only is it cliché; even mentioning it is cliché. I'm speaking of the "how country I am" songs in constant spin mode on your local country station since 2003. Complaining about them is almost as common as the songs themselves.
Based on his new single, Chris Cagle is either incredibly (almost willfully) ignorant, terribly stupid or does not give one single shit about the over-saturation of the subject matter. I'm going with a mixture of stupidity and not giving a shit – you couldn't not notice (could you?).
I guess Cagle and his management/record company figure that this type of song has basically become its own sub-genre in which at least 50% of the singles of that ilk find their way into the top half of the charts. It's like shooting fish in a barrel almost, so maybe it's not stupidity, on second thought.
Whether or not it's a good business decision to follow the canyon-sized ruts in this road is not my concern. My problem is with the bull-headed resistance to originality in today's country music scene. I'm not asking for a new political bent or even a change of scenery… but surely there are stories lived on these standard-issue backroads that could provide a much more interesting and personal connection between artist and fan. Country radio has truly become McDonald's. You always know what you're going to get, no matter if you drop in tomorrow or next November. While it's expected and guiltily appreciated from a fast food restaurant, standardization is tiresome and lazy when it comes to what is supposed to be an art-form.
There's little need to critique the actual sound of this song. It's what you're accustomed to from an upbeat country song these days. Loud guitars with a rock riff, ample drums, charging vocals. Jason Aldean is the standard-bearer for the modern country male, and Cagle does little to differentiate himself from that style.
Don't even get me started about this whole "get/got my _____ on" phrase. Unless I get a letter in the mail that says "You just got your million dollars on," I don't want to read or hear it.
This song reeks of desperation. Cagle's long absence from country radio's heavy rotation has led him to be a mere follower to artists who came after him in hopes of a return to commercial success. That resumed success is certainly possible, but suck-cess is guaranteed.
Total Value: .10/.99
Jun 15, 2011
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Feb 21, 2011
The Peoples' Take:
Haters gonna hate (5 Stars)
by Forrest Latta
Another killer track… Colt's here to stay.
why??????????? (1 Star)
all you idiots that like this bigger idiot singing make real country people sick.. go back to your damn suburbs and cities and leave us real country people alone.. and colt needs to have a heart attack so we can be done with this bulls**t he calls music!
yea, i like colt (5 Stars)
more country than Kieth Urban…
Colt Ford is to rapping as Dane Cook is to comedy. Actually, that's not fair to Dane. At least Mr. Cook has told a joke or two that made the corners of my mouth turn upwards in mild amusement. Colt Ford has never uttered a single line or verse that made me think he had a shred of talent that might manifest itself as a worthy hip-hop or hick hop song. Despite the glee I get out of slagging bands and singers on this blog, I'm not a hateful person and I don't begrudge anyone doing what they think they were put on the planet to do; I'm just here to speak truth. Truth is, Colt Ford has likely NOT found his life's calling just yet. I get it - everybody has to grind the gears a little before they get it rolling.
This song is the sound of Colt missing third gear. Chgggg chgggg chggggaaahhhhhh!
"Country Thang" is YET ANOTHER listing song about, well, country thangs. And among thangs that Ford would like you to know are fixtures for the rural set are misspelelingllings (see song title) and uncorrect grammar, because "that's how we does it" down here! We also does it barefoot and crazy while the tin roof sings. We live in the pines in a shotgun shack with a high-priced huntin' dog baying around back. I bet you'll never guess what our women-folk wear. Yep, cutoff jeans. Apparently, in some necks of the south, women's clothing stores sell ONLY cutoffs, tight jeans, bikinis and short skirts. I wish.
You get the gist of the song already. You don't even have to hear it yourself, unless you really want to subject yourself to the undynamic flow of Jason Farris Brown (Ford's real name). There's nothing unique about "Country Thang," and even less interesting.
Somebody out there enjoys this music enough to keep Colt Ford playing clubs and low rent festivals year-round, so I guess there's that. He has a cult following and he's an underdog, I suppose… but one I can't get behind.
This song likely won't get Ford above that #50 on the charts ceiling he keeps headbutting, and doubtfully will get him out of that shotgun shack on an unpaved road (he told the courthouse "hell no" when the county tried to blacktop it) anytime soon.
Hey Colt, you sure you weren't better at golf?
Total Value: .09/.99
Jan 12, 2011
Dec 8, 2010
Aaron is the MAN!! (5 Stars)
by Casie Browning
My wife and I have loved Aaron since Staind started back in 96'. His lyrics have always spoken to us and this song makes us love him even more. Get this now and request it on all the country stations out there.
Watch out country music, Aaron Lewis HAS ARRIVED!!! (5 Stars)
Absolutely LOVE that voice!