Luke Bryan, “What Makes You Coun­try”

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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.

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