Year in Music 2017

Billy Currington, "Enjoy Yourself"


With his rich tenor and relaxed delivery, Billy Currington knows how to put a tear in your beer. But the truth is, he'd rather drink it instead. Currington tells us that much in "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," the cheeky first single from the country singer's fourth album, "Enjoy Yourself." The 10-song set's title pretty much sums up the artist's general outlook on life. The title track and "Perfect Day" take listeners into easygoing, Jimmy Buffett-flavored island territory. "Bad Day of Fishin' " (i.e., there is no such thing) is a visit to the honky-tonk, and "Lil' Ol' Lonesome Dixie Town" kicks up a ruckus in the roadhouse. But Currington can also handle weightier matters, mixing a tale of romantic woe with a bouncy, buoyant rhythm in "Love Done Gone." He approaches love with wary ambivalence and Lionel Richie-style smoothness on "Let Me Down Easy," and on "Until You" he explores the kind of atmospheric melodicism that Lady Antebellum has taken to the top of the charts. Currington sings that he's "not known for doing a lot," but he's certainly found a way to do something that's undeniably his own.