Review: Luke Bryan Reminds Us He's Still Country on Diverse New Album

Our take on the country superstar's sixth LP, 'What Makes You Country'

Credit: Jim Wright

Country superstar Luke Bryan's sixth album What Makes You Country opens with the title track, a stomping Southern rock assertion of downhome cred that says, essentially, country is an expression that comes in many shapes and sizes. Fair enough, because over the course of 15 tracks he outlines a template for modern country that includes the surprisingly believable R&B sex jams "Bad Lovers" and "Hungover in a Hotel Room," as well as the icy, synth-driven flip of gender roles in "Pick It Up" and the gloriously goofy sing-along "Drinking Again." There are a few whiffs, like the foul "She's a Hot One" ("She might be a mess, but she's a hot one"), but Bryan truly excels when he's all nostalgic for the uncomplicated ease of a summer fling in "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" or subtly acknowledging the beauty of all types of love in the gently uplifting "Most People Are Good."