Ba-ba-da, ba-da-ba… Ba-ba-da, ba-da-ba…
Sorry. I've got Billy Currington's new single stuck in my head.
So yeah. This is the fourth song of his I've reviewed. It's funny how Currington seems to get the hits, but almost no one notices. And I don't understand why; he's just so laid-back and charming, and he offers a great respite from the Jason Aldean end of the loudness spectrum (keep in mind I'm also a big Jason Aldean fan). And yet, despite having four number ones in a row, he's still Billy Who? to most people.
Maybe "Love Done Gone" will change that. It's easily the most kinetic, energetic song he's put out yet, but it doesn't detract one iota from his aw-shucks style. Sure, it's got trumpets and trombones blasting out that insanely catchy riff, but it's also got wonderfully charming and simple lyrics. "We told each other it was love before / Simple truth is, it just ain't no more," he sings in his conversational, low-key baritone, before moving into a chorus full of cute similes. It's actually so cheerful and summery that you can quite easily forget it's about heartbreak, making it somewhat comparable to The Mavericks' "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" in that regard.
Expect "Love Done Gone" to be a big summer hit based entirely on its sound and attitude. Oh yeah, and the fact that it's one of the biggest ear-worms I've come across in quite some time. This song may or may not be the one that finally gets Billy out from under the radar, but it's a surefire hit just the same.
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