Lee Brice’s new album I Don’t Dance will be released next week on Tuesday September 9th. The fifteen-track offering has been highly-anticipated by Brice fans and country music fans alike, considering the overwhelming success of the debut single and title track from the project. Lucky for fans, they needn’t wait until September 9th to get a taste of what Brice is serving up with his next album, as the stream of the album was made available today (and can be found below).
Brice’s I Don’t Dance is a versatile collection of songs that range from power ballads to country rock, flawlessly accomplishing the task at hand and keeping listeners interested in what’s coming next. Songs like “Always the Only One” and “That Don’t Sound Like You” are deceiving at their inceptions, starting with quiet, simple instrumentation and exploding into faster tempo rock-influenced tracks, while “Hard to Figure Out,” “Panama City,” and “Whiskey Used to Burn” rely mostly on Brice’s gritty and gorgeous vocals to tell stories and evoke specific moods.
The album opens with Brice’s Number 1 hit and the title track of the album, “I Don’t Dance,” a soft, meaningful song which is a great warmup for the remainder of the album and the ride on which listeners are about to experience. Throughout the album, Brice takes his fans up, down, and on twists and turns, sprinkling humor, excitement, sadness, longing, humbleness, and vulnerability around every corner.
The aforementioned “Always the Only One” is a standout track, as it deceptively portrays an acoustic ballad from its opening piano strokes. Once the song breaks out into its true form, it becomes a country song with a classic rock vibe, including multidimensional supplementation (heavy percussion, electric guitars, and background vocal layering) reminiscent of Meatloaf in the prime of his career. Likewise providing a surprising shift in tempo is “That Don’t Sound Like You.” Opening with a simplistic electric guitar riff and slow-paced lyrics, Brice sings about the girl he used to know. As the chorus arrives, the song opens up and explodes into a higher energy explanation of who this person used to be and the fact she has been changed by the new man in her life. This particular track is begging to be released as a single, as it contains a little bit of everything and has mass radio appeal.
Undoubtedly, Brice’s fans will be excited to find the comedic “Girls in Bikinis” (a song that grew legs on its own and ran rampant all summer) tucked safely in the middle of the album, surrounded by meaningful and emotional songs, providing an intermission before segueing into the half of the album that contains the most thought-provoking material. As stated previously in our review of the catchy song we heard during #ChevyCMA at SiriusXM The Highway’s studio, “[w]ith its catchy beat, comedic lyrics, and clever inclusion of a recognizable part of a hit song, [Brice’s] fun, light-hearted ode to half-naked women is comprised of the equation for success.”
Other highlights on the album include “Hard to Figure Out (The Airport Song),” which is an inspirational song about appreciating what you have and recognizing that there are other people out there who are hurting more and more in need. The track encourages us not to take things for granted and to look beyond the tunnel vision of our own temporary problems and peripherally notice those around us and their struggles. The first chorus goes: “Just thank God for everything you’ve got, I felt so stupid being mad after seeing her so sad. I need to check my heart, I need to watch my mouth, have a little more faith, a little less doubt, it ain’t that hard to figure out.” The song will make you take a step back, reevaluate your life, and give thanks for the small things that you tend to overlook as you flow through your daily routine.
“Whiskey Used to Burn” will certainly be a fan favorite, as it shows off Brice’s undeniably stellar vocals and ability to deliver a song like few others in the industry are capable of doing. The song begins with Brice crooning about his life passing him by and how he is aging before his own eyes. Cleverly, the verse includes the sounds of a family in the background, indicative of Brice’s home life and lending the vibe that he is sitting in his living room recording the song. As the song progresses and the second verse focuses more on high school memories, the sounds of the family fade and the instrumentation picks up, transporting listeners back in time. “Whiskey Used to Burn” is an impeccable closing chapter for I Don’t Dance, leaving listeners breathless and mesmerized by the vocal prowess of Lee Brice.
If fans are looking for a perfect follow-up to Hard 2 Love, they will not be disappointed in what Brice is delivering. The wait for new music was definitely worthwhile, as Brice is bringing to the table a wide array of flavors; all of which you will want to savor and revisit for another taste.
Check out Lee Brice’s I Don’t Dance below and click the iTunes banner to pre-order the new album, releasing next Tuesday, September 9th. Also, don’t forget to join #CMchat (http://www.cmchatlive.com/chat) on Monday night, September 8th, as we help Lee Brice celebrate the release of his album with a special Twitterview at 6pmPT/9pmET!
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