Billy Currington – “Let Me Down Easy”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | October 15th, 2010

Billy CurringtonSongwriters: Mark Nesler, Jennifer Hanson and Marty Dodson

With Halloween right around the corner, Billy Currington is probably narrowing down his costume possibilities. While Vegas may not have an official line on the winning choice, it’d be safe to bet he’ll forgo Snooki and Lady Gaga get-ups for either the Wink-Wink Frat Boy (plaid button-down, backwards cap and bottomless beer mug) or the Sleepy Eyed Lover (black T-shirt, a rumpled sheet and scruffy beard stencil).

Currington would have the perfect soundtracks to back both, as his radio offerings reliably ping-pong between those stereotypes’ sonic equivalents to varying degrees of success. The singer’s latest single “Let Me Down Easy,” his second off new album Enjoy Yourself, falls squarely within the latter and has just enough treats to trump its tricks.

Currington often skews inoffensive and harmless, and this is no exception. However, “Let Me Down Easy” excels in its own evocative approach to that fuzzy, electric space between lust and love. On their own, the song’s opening set-up of acoustic guitar-backed visions of beaches and moonlight and its singer’s sexy confessional posturing would reek of cheap aftershave and convenience store roses. And while there are no stellar lyrics to pinpoint or spot-on production choices to champion, the sum of its parts–-or, perhaps, the inspiring sum of his love interest’s parts–work together to create a sultry sleeper hit.

Still, “sleepy” can be just a hop, skip and a Xanax away from “boring,” an adjective Currington flirts with almost as much as he does here with his lover. Love can make you do funny things, like resort to images of angels and hair halos when you’re about to get it on in the sand. It’s also a stretch of the imagination to believe this song will have any lasting impact on the singer’s song catalog, as it’s simply too similar to previous hits “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and “Don’t.”

Not that any of that matters: Currington shines on “Let Me Down Easy,” where even the steel guitar slides comfortingly behind his pleas to catch him as he falls. And if a hunk of metal responds so immediately, it’s not hard to image how Currington’s female country fans will react.

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  1. Thomas
    October 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

    …well, if you’re looking for that special little something to tip things in the right direction, when driving her home – look no further. womanizer’s tool-box is celebrating its latest addition.

  2. Jennifer
    October 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I can’t wait to see Billy Curlington live next month in Baltimore. He is the opening act for the Carrie Underwood tour. Billy just keeps rolling with great songs. I also hear he is also really good live!

  3. Matt Bjorke
    October 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Jennifer, he is good live. That whole concert tour is nicely done.

  4. Ben Foster
    October 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    This review very well sums up my opinion of this song, and many of Billy’s other songs as well. None of this songs characteristics are outstanding on their own, but they do combine to create a pleasant and enjoyable single, albeit not a particularly memorable one. While I did enjoy this song, I do think it’s past time for Billy to shake up his catalog. This whole act is going to get old after a while (but at least this isn’t another song about beer).

  5. Drew
    October 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Should be another #1 for him… good song, and as usual paired with great easy-listening vocals.

  6. Mike Wimmer
    October 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Ah, yes….another mainstream Country love song that very few, if any, guys would ever be caught saying to a woman and is recorded in the simple desire to pander to Country’s young, female audience.

  7. Stormy
    October 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Hmmmm, perhaps if these songs pander so well to women real guys might want to rethink their approach

  8. Kyle
    October 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    This song just SOUNDS so damn nice… it’s very aesthetically pleasing in pretty much every way. It’s nothing special lyrically, but I enjoy listening to it – a song with a good melody, reserved production and a great vocal is enough for me these days, given the current radio climate.

    Now for the nitpicky stuff. I don’t really get what “If I fall, let me down easy” means, literally. Is he asking her to be nice to him if he falls in love with her? Because I agree with Mike above, I just don’t buy a guy actually saying this to a woman, or even really thinking it.

    I actually think this would be a great song if it was recorded by, say, Lee Ann Womack. It’s a little too sweetly vulnerable for me to buy from Billy, but I think it would be a perfect fit for someone like her.

    BTW, the verses remind me of the old soft rock hit “Easy” at times…

  9. Leeann Ward
    October 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Matt,
    I’m glad to hear that Currington’s show is good now. It was quite the opposite when I saw him four years ago, probably the worst show that I’ve seen so far. It’s good that time/experience has made a difference in his case, though I doubt that I’d pay money to give him a second chance.

  10. Thomas
    October 18, 2010 at 7:40 am

    …further down you mean, stormy?

  11. Stormy
    October 18, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Thomas: No, I’m just saying its a bit off to criticize these songs as only appealing to women then complainging that real guys would never say that when picking up chicks. Because when you are trying to get a woman to date you, the last thing you would want to say is something that might appeal to them.

  12. Jon
    October 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I believe Stormy’s got a pretty airtight case there.

  13. Dave
    October 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    As soon as I saw it was a woman who reviewed this song, I figured it would get thumbs up.

    If a male critic from the 9513 reviewed this song, it would probably get thumbs down.

    Personally, I think it’s Billy’s worst song to
    date.

    Just one of those polarizing type songs.

  14. Leeann Ward
    October 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Nice stereotyping, Dave. I would have given it a thumbs down, btw.

  15. Barry Mazor
    October 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Perhaps we should have a thread on the ingoing potential for 4 chords and a lie.

  16. Dave
    October 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Leeann – it might be stereotyping, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. You have to admit that the callout scores for this song are going to score much higher with women than men. That doesn’t mean that all women love this song or that all men hate it. But stereotyping sells products. Commercial music is definitely a product. The labels know what they’re going after when they release a song. That’s why stereotyping works.

  17. Ben Foster
    October 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

    “As soon as I saw it was a woman who reviewed this song, I figured it would get thumbs up.

    “If a male critic from the 9513 reviewed this song, it would probably get thumbs down.”

    But Karlie did acknowledge the song’s weaknesses, and the fact that it flirts with being boring. Even though her overall impression was positive, she didn’t give it the heavy laudation that you would expect in a Jamey Johnson review. And even though I’m a guy, I did enjoy this song, though I can’t say I was blown away by it.

  18. Jaye
    October 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I agree with the review on this one of Billy’s. Would have preferred Perfect Day or Love Done Gone which the latter pretty much sums up Ms Swift’s new offering in a very concise 3:31. (There is the female/male perspective for you) ‘Well nothing we can do bout now no way’

  19. hill
    September 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    sing whatever you want billy!!!!!! love your music

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