Luke Bryan, “What Makes You Country”
If Luke Bryan has faced criticism from some country purists that his anthems aren’t true to the music form’s roots, he’s got an answer — a polite one, mind you — for them. Whether country is in your blood or you were converted by a song on the radio, don’t judge. “You do your kinda country/I do my kinda country,” he sings. One of the highlights is “Light It Up,” where he confesses he anxiously checks his cellphone every few minutes for word back from a lover: “I get so neurotic about it, baby.” Bryan also gets a songwriting credit on seven of the songs — and they’re among the strongest. The album sags in the middle — “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” ‘’Bad Lovers” and “She’s a Hot One” are a little weak — but Bryan roars back with the sweet and fatherly “Pick It Up” Call it what you like — modern-country, bro-country — Bryan is not going to have trouble getting his calls returned.