Luke Bryan, "Doin' My Thing"
Luke Bryan's recent single "Do I" (which first appeared on his latest EP and is now on his second album, "Doin' My Thing") is a bona fide three-hanky lost-love ballad. But the listener won't be sniffling through the spirited 11-song "Doin' My Thing," which begins with the winking witticisms of the Brad Paisley-like song "Rain Is a Good Thing," followed by the buoyant pop of the title track. "Welcome to the Farm" is kind of a contemporary take on "Green Acres" that blends Bryan's country and rock sides, and the cover of OneRepublic's "Apologize" allows the singer to explore more soulful territory. Meanwhile, "Drinkin' Beer and Wastin' Bullets" is a hard-driving Southern rocker about deer hunting, while "Every Time I See You" and "Chuggin' Along" should keep Bryan's country credentials in good standing. --Gary Graff