July 20, 2017

ToC Critic’s Pick: Florida Georgia Line, ‘Smooth’

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Florida Georgia Line‘s swampy “Smooth” shows an unseen side of the duo’s artistry. They return to their party roots, but bring more colorful lyrics and maturity than ever before.

Like the best FGL songs, “Smooth” relies on a big fat hook. It’s a jam like “Cruise,” but lyrically stronger. You’d be hard pressed to find lyrics with more imaginative color. Metaphor after metaphor keep your ears on a swivel. The duo begin with the most organic country sounds (in more ways than one), but soon Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley add their progressive spin.

It’s a complex arrangement made more difficult by tough-to-remember lyrics but Florida Georgia Line deliver it easy. “Smooth” is the kind of song that showcases what these men do best, even if they’re becoming more and more known for sensitive ballads.

Did You Know?: It’s been five years since Florida Georgia Line dropped “Cruise.” Yep, just five years.

Listen to Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth”

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