“Flatliner” isn't so much atrocious as it is horribly forgettable, showing the music Cole Swindell used to make as well as another disappointment for Dierks Bentley. The verses are riddled with absolutely horrible lines trying to win this girl over that are about as well constructed as an essay on quantum physics is from a kindergartner. Actually I'm being harsh towards the little tykes.
The production is absolutely cluttered, but if there's any saving grace about the song, the guitars do have a little bit of a crunch to them, showing that if you're going to make an utterly stupid song, at least try to make it sound fun. The jokes between Swindell and Bentley aren't horrible either. Hell, both men admit that playing a creepy Swindell song isn't going to get the job done, and that's by far the most clever thing about this song – a moment of self-awareness.
Other than that, yeah, you've heard this before, and in 2017, this should be labeled as a crime by now.
Author: Leon Blair