Pop Song Reviews - Cruise by Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly

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  • bogususer  - Soulless
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    Todd once said he spent a good part of his youth listening to country music. I too spent much of Todd's youthful years listening to country music. It told stories of pain, patriotism and personal journeys. Now it is soulless - the only subject fit for modern country music is mindless preening over the perfection of being country - just smug "I'm from the country songs" - no pain, no perseverance, no patriotism, no lost loves and broken hearts, no love you till I die, no trains, no mamas, no prisons (pickup trucks are still there). We need a lot more Cash (on the radio and in my wallet) and a lot less Paisley (on the radio and in fashion).

    Country music lost its way long ago and ended up in urban America. They go together like peanut butter on rye (with horseradish). Somethings just don't work.
  • Rem
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    I grew up on country myself, was the only thing I listened to til grunge hit - the early 90s country boom for myself, and old time classic country from my Depression era grandfolk that raised me (mixtapes filled with Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks lol) and I COULD NOT agree more. I still have a soft spot for country, but I haven't liked anything coming out of Nashville for the last 10 years. I hope there's a revival or something on the horizon because it's just getting -embarrassing- now.

    Case in point, this video. I understand the gesture, but when you work with a shitty song to start, kinda hard to make it anything but a different kind of shitty.

    And yeah, Todd's right, muddin is probably about the most hillbilly thing you could do outside of a tailgate party in a cornfield (or Wal-Mart parking lot after midnight, like my hometown) but it's still a hell of a lot of fun. Who doesn't like sprayin up a ten foot wall of mud while the engine roars?
  • 2wingo
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    Totally with you there, brother.
  • Lim  - Todd, I can see the grays from here.
    Gray hair is nothing to worry about. No. Really. It's distinguished. And when you're cruisin' with the windows down the wind blows through grays SOOOO much better than hair weighted down with pigment. And you'd be amazed at how beautifully the sun can catch white hair in all of it's misshapen glory...

    Who the hell am I kidding. I'll be right back; I have to go and pick up some Nice N Easy.
  • Mr.Anderssson
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    Frankly I don't know what he's complaining about. I've had white hairs since I was six, and you don't see me crying over it. Geezer up, ya vondruke.
  • WoldowJR  - 3rd comment! Not bad.
    yeah, this song is pretty bad, isn't it. It took me a while to realize, but it's pretty bad. The combo of country and rap doesn't work and the entire thing is overprocessed.
    Still, nice to see that I got here early enough to get a third comment. That's a decent accomplishment considering your upload schedule can be so random at times.
    Here's a channel with music reviews that has a weekly upload schedule:
    http://www.youtube.com/ user/WorstMusicOfTheYear
  • WoldowJR  - fail
    apparently it DOES work, it just sucks. nevermind.
  • Bloodrealm  - They're practically the same thing!
    You're completely right, Todd. Both hip hop and country are about alcohol, whores, vehicles, drugs, and, occasionally, violence. They also both sound tedious and obnoxious at the same time, droning in your ear for the track's duration, and in the few cases they don't, they're so memorably irritating that they make you want to scrape your brain out with a heavily rusted spatula (as opposed to an average spoon).
  • Mysteic  - Muddin'
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    I am from Mississippi so I knew what that meant as well and I am African American. Secondly that is a beautiful word because you can't say it without a southern draw.
  • sis03300  - REQUEST
    Dude if you did like a brief overview on Daft Punk and Get Lucky, I would be the happiest guy alive.
  • Sean Strife
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    Something tells me we won't see Todd weigh in on Get Lucky until the end of the year when his Top 10 of 2013 list comes out.
  • Emilie Bennett
    On it's own, without Nelly, it sounds good, but with him, it's not as horrible as I expected... However, these 2 genres aren't my cup of tea in general; I'm more into pop, rock, and ska. Besides, no version of this song can beat country rock. Or Cotton Eyed Joe by Rednex. Or The Agoraphobic Cowboy, which parodies country.
  • Dakota The Mad
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    I swear, its almost like this year isn't even trying! What new songs, besides "Suit & Tie", "Next to Me", and anything Macklemore is pumping, are worth turning on the radio now?

    I mean damnit! A remix to a country song? By Nelly of all people? Next thing you know it'll be nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year.
  • leviadragon99
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    Yep, tis a rather douchebro song any way you slice it...
  • Snugens
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    I remember a few years back at my cousin's wedding, she had the DJ play a bunch of this douchey frat bro country shit. Why didn't I just walk home through the rain?
  • ChronosToad
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    I tend to like country within the sweet-spot of the 70's to early 90's. Otherwise... Meh.
  • gizmofox
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    Exactly. For some reason it all went down hill after 2000. You occasionally get something worth listening to, but those songs are few and far between. I've pretty much given up on country, and the addition of rap verses isn't helping. (Although I will say the Tim McGraw cover of "Gin and Juice" is probably one of the best things I've ever heard)

    The sad thing is I am culturally predisposed to like country music. I'm a born and bred country girl who was raised in the south and actively involved in 4-H and FFA growing up. I divide my time between working in NASHVILLE and hanging out on the farm the horses, cows and other critters. You'd think I would be able to identify with country music, and while I do frequently "go out with my boots on" and occasionally go for rides on a" big green tractor", the vast majority of it is so repetitive and becoming nearly indistinguishable from POP that by and large, I no longer find it appealing.

    P.S. I loved Todd's explanation of muddin'.
  • Sean Strife
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    It's that very reason that you mentioned, it being indistinguishable from pop, that I refer to modern country as "redneck pop".
  • Vhin
    Maybe it's just where / when I'm from, but I've never known anyone to go muddin' in their trucks - most people are way too attached to their trucks.

    However, people going muddin' in their four wheeler isn't that rare.
  • venkarl
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    Speaking as a Missourian... yeah, St. Louis does not qualify as "country". That said, no part of Missouri is all that far from the country, so I guess Nelly isn't entirely without a leg to stand on, but he's definitely stretching it a bit far here.

    And just to show how much I know about hip-hop, I never knew until now that Nelly and I were from the same state. Go figure.
  • LikaLaruku
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    I only like 50s country & rap from the early 90s. I wonder what it would sound like if you tried to blend those two. Can't imagine it really.

    So basically, country music is a filthy whore that sleeps around with rock, pop, & hip-hop. I can't wait till it tries cavorting with techno.
  • Flaregun  - reply to LikaLaruku
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    "I can't wait till it tries cavorting with techno."

    Apparently, you missed Todd's last video.
  • TheOnlyThing
    Goddamn, do I despise modern country(with few exceptions). What makes it hard is that I live in Louisiana so I hear it all the damn time, mostly from my sisters who like just about everything. Even they think this song is shit, though.
  • Sean Strife
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    I live in Tennessee and the stores I work on my route all play this modern country, so I know what you mean (except I have no exceptions on modern country, it's all shit to me).
  • Trekkie313
    The only country artists I like are Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. I know that's pretty generic...

    Garth Brooks should've committed to the Chris Gaines persona, I love that album and his haircut.
  • atypicaloracle
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    As an example of hiphop and country working together, I recommend Gangstagrass.

    Granted the only thing they're known for is the theme song to the tv series 'Justified' (which is actually a pretty awesome song) but still, they exist and they're pretty good.

    This... this is awful. Metallica made better country music than this. Aerosmith has released better country music than this. Country is probably the sole genre of music that I avoid very nearly in its entirety, save for rockabilly and the Man In Black, so I'm not qualified as an expert, but it's not like Nashville has done much to endear itself to me. What little identity the genre had left by now, it's quickly bleeding itself dry.
  • SuperNerd137
    It seems my parents can't get enough of CMT, so most of the time country songs are being played in the background. One of the only country songs so far this year I actually liked was "Mama's Broken Heart". Nearly everything else for me ranged from boring to painfully obnoxious. I also like "Wagon Wheel" as sung by Darius Rucker, but that barely counts.
  • gizmofox
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    I cringe every time I hear the Darius Rucker version of "Wagon Wheel". You just don't mess with OCMS!
  • nowhere
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    If we had to get a country/hiphop crossover couldn't it have been from Steve Earle and Chuck D., the late, great MCA and Emmylou Harris, or (stretching it a bit here) Neko Case and Grandmaster Flash? Both parts of this song are horrid and the combination is horrid squared.
  • WalMartTentSale
    God I hate this song. The original sounds like if nickelback tried to make a country song and the hip-hop beat just makes it worse.
  • Mousy Voice
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    Hip hop and country music: two bad things that go worse together.
  • WizeOaldOwl  - Oh, good Lord, that was cathartic.
    I have sort of a history with this song. Back a few weeks ago, there was a country music festival close to here to benefit West, Texas. I volunteered to work at it because the pay was nice. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. Not only were a good portion of the people who attended particularly unlikable, the music was about as generic country as you can get. Thankfully, I was at the front gate, so we didn't hear any of the show. We did, however, have a radio on to pass the time. As you can imagine, the other workers wanted to put it on a country station, which, though I typically don't like the genre, I was okay with. Then, I heard this song for the first time. It sounded extremely generic and stale, but I didn't instantly hate it, probably because the only words I could understand were "windows down." And then it played again. And again. And again. And again. AND AGAIN. By the time I was done working, I was dead sick of this song and I didn't even know what it was called. Now, I had been aware that a country song called Cruise had been on the charts for a while and that most people I knew hated it, but I had no idea this was the same song because I was afraid to look it up. When I heard your piano cover version at the start of this video, I let out the biggest groan I think I've ever let out. By the end of this video, I've grown to hate, hate, HATE Florida Georgia Line. Hearing that I was not the only one that utterly loathed this song was beyond cathartic for me. Thank you, sir.
  • ghazzterThaOG
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    WOW! That was terrible, why would anyone, anyone, would like this song! Its terrible, terrible!
  • Calonsus
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    Have you tried Libera Me From Hell? It's a combination of rap and opera.
  • Nicodemous
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    That is where you are wrong TITS, EVERYBODY loves muddin'...
  • baba44713
    Todd, when you started getting slightly embarrassed about explaining what "getting it stuck" means...well....ummm.... let's just say I've had a far, far worse image in my head than what turned out to be the actual explanation.
  • Porthos
    As someone who has multiple, interstate-free routes between north Georgia and north Florida, I'd like to change "Down a back road blowing stop signs through the middle of every little farm town with yoouuu" to the more realistic "down a back road blowing stop signs through theTRACTOR!TRACTOR!!! SCREEEE...."
    Will also accept "LOOK OUT FOR THE DEER!!! WHUMP!CRASH!SPLAT!" in cases of night-cruising.
  • DeDreamer
    Real farmers hate mudders. We allow the town to have a trail through our farm and kids are constantly driving through our hay field. You try to ask them to stay on the trail (which they rut up anyway) and they just give you a blank look. The sort of idiots who partake of this activity think meat comes from Wal-Mart and have no idea that cows need to eat through the winter if there's going to be hamburger.

    So I'd say my family is probably way more country than anyone who's had a hit out of Nashville in the last two decades. We listen to the classical stations around the house.
  • JayDogV45
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    Thank god someone took a swing at this piece of shit! The country version is sexist enough as is! I mean I in my late teens and I sick of the damn music of this generation! It doesn't have to be this way but somehow it continues to get worse, with these new guys and Will.I.Am this is where I draw my line. To quote the great Roddy Piper MTV is Music To Vomit By, accept it doesn't play music anymore!
  • Nicodemous
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    It ain't nothing new, what do you think Led Zeppelin meant with the lines, "I'm going give you my love, every inch of my love..." And it goes back much farther than that, more or less to the origins of music, not just rock, not just American music, but music generally...
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