Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Florida Georgia Line – Talk You Out of It

Genius: “The line that is being talked about is probably taken from Vandross’s song ‘Never Too Much,’ with the specific line being ‘never too much’ from the chorus — even when the girl takes an hour to make up her mind, the main character never thinks she is too much, because of his love for her.”


Alfred Soto: The duo known — feared — for treating genre like an $8 buffet pulls off a straight country take-me-to-bed, and it almost works; they pull at the melody, ride it, pull some more, mirroring the male character’s efforts. Perhaps Luther Vandross shone his grace on them.

Thomas Inskeep: “You’re lookin’ like a line from a Vandross song” is the surprising — and mood-setting — lyric here: FGL have, in fact, made a country slow jam. And shockingly, it works, Unlike plenty of their catalog, this actually sounds like a country record, which brings me quite a bit of pleasure. It kinda kills me to give this a good score, but they’ve earned it with this.

Jessica Doyle: This is probably the most I have ever enjoyed a Florida Georgia Line song, with their voices matching the slow guitar riff. And it started out so well! The guy promising to take his overworked partner out and treat her right — sure, bring on the Florida Georgia Empathy! But then… the narrator stakes his pleasure, and the song’s plot, on denying his partner the very present he promised her? That is some Florida Georgia Hogwash right there.

Katherine St Asaph: Flaking on plans in favor of other plans is, unfortunately, a big mood. The instrumental also attempts to set a mood, although it’s so lazy-sounding I half-expected a punchline where two minutes later guy and girl fall asleep. It’s a fitting pairing for these two, whose voices remain Rascal Flatt.

Anthony Easton: Making the high country lonesome as a LA cooldown track, pushing the electronic potential in a genre that still prioritizes the acoustic, is a fascinating idea — not a new one; you can hear it in Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe — but this one plays it tight against vocals. The problem is, the vocals are both anonymous and a little bit obnoxious. A couple of points for the instrumentals, a couple of points for the Vandross line, a point off for how date rapey it all seems.

Edward Okulicz: I feel very conflicted about this song. On one hand, it’s gross, but on the other, it comes so close to transcending its tacky pun-related grossness and succeeding beyond even Florida Georgia Line’s wildest, grossest, tackiest dreams that I’m honestly pulling for it to win me over and get me out of my clothes and into bed with these under-bathed mouth-breathers. Hanging your song on a double-meaning like this is OK if you’ve got some comic timing, but if you deliver it with the same barely-interested drawl that you bust out for musing about playlists, you’re wasting a legit slow jam by sounding like you don’t know what seduction is.

Crystal Leww: The other day I was at a party and Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” came on, and it was great, even now! Florida Georgia Line are good at making upbeat bro country with very little substance but higher tempo. Why we’ve been subjected to countless attempts at making ballads and slow seduction jams throughout the years is truly baffling. This chorus doesn’t make any sense! Did these guys think that slowing down the banjo, dropping a Luther Vandross reference, and making reference to playlists would trick us into believing this is sexy using signifiers? It, uh, extremely didn’t work.

Joshua Minsoo Kim: The least sexy song I ever did hear.

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2 Responses to “Florida Georgia Line – Talk You Out of It”

  1. for what it’s worth I don’t get any creepiness from this, since it is so clearly “mid-to-late-30s suburbanites who’ve been together for like 6 years and probably only do this once a month or so.” (also, it was written by a woman, so there’s that.)

  2. definitely not creepy but definitely also not sexy

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