Back in the mid 2000’s, Billy Currington was always the kind of artist who had that sort of easy going, likable attitude to him, even with the simplest of songs. Heck, you could probably argue that he’s the type of artist that a guy like Kenny Chesney was trying to be like. It’s that kind of easy going charisma that made me enjoy songs like “Good Directions”, “People Are Crazy” and even his fluffier material such as “Don’t”, or “I’ve Got A Feelin’”.
Once we left that era of country music and headed into the “dark ages” of what the 2010’s has sort of been so far, I still sort of liked him. Sure, “Hey Girl” was a very stupid song, but once again, his charisma was able to help him deliver these bro songs with some real heartfelt sincerity and energy. I brought up Jake Owen earlier, and really, if there are two artists who did bro-country in a way that was likable, it was these guys.
Of course, we’re far removed from that era of country music, so what was a guy like Billy Currington to do? That’s sort of been the million dollar question. Don’t get me wrong, Billy has mostly seen success from his album Summer Forever, but there’s also a sense that he’s sort of beginning to fade into the background, and that’s a damn shame.
His newest single, “Do I Make You Wanna” probably won’t help that either. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like this song more than I don’t, but at the same time you have to wonder they’re releasing a song like this after the great “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” established some real momentum for him.
So alright, let’s get back to the song in question. “Do I Make You Wanna” is more enjoyable than it’s not. Sure, it’s more pop than country, but if you’re like me and don’t really care all that much about it then this is damn solid. The guitars are very crisp and breezy, and I swear to God there’s a mandolin buried in the mix supporting the verses and choruses even if I can’t really determine it. The drums, much like the guitars are very breezy and help to establish a light, easy-going atmosphere that’s easy to enjoy.
Vocally, Billy does a great job of selling this song as always. Sure, it’s nothing more than a straight forward hook up track, but Billy is selling this song in a manner that’s heartfelt and sincere. It’s easy to enjoy. It fits well within his range and while this song doesn’t necessarily require any real energy or anything, it’s also got that sort of relaxed vibe that Billy handles well.
Of course, I’ve already stated the problem with this song – it’s a straightforward hook up song. Don’t get me wrong, lyrics don’t necessarily have to be excellent in order for a song to be great, but the lyrics on this song definitely could use some more meat to them. They’re fine, but they also establish the foundation for a song that’s alright, but not really great. There’s no sense of urgency as the narrator wonders if his lover feels the same way about him that he does for her, and the hook is admittedly a little corny.Like I said, this song is very agreeable, but there’s really not enough here for me to warrant any higher praise than that. It will most likely do fine at country radio, but at the same time it’s not exactly a song that’s going to stick in the listener’s mind for long.
Listen: "Do I Make You Wanna"
Author: Zackary Kephart