Luke Bryan — “I Don’t Want This Night to End”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | September 19th, 2011

lukebryanSongwriters: Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip

With his last single “Country Girl (Shake it for Me),” Luke Bryan finally forged a memorable identity in mainstream country music.
Before the ubiquitous hit took over airwaves this summer, he came close with “Rain is a Good Thing,” a similarly lust-soaked tune about females on the farm. However, with “Who sings that song again?” tunes such as “Do I” and “All My Friends Say,” Bryan still only nebulously existed somewhere amidst all the other young male country singers that could be convincingly passed off as Rodney Atkins’ little brothers.

“Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” was released on the heels of two Number One songs, and struck a new chord – although for some, the wrong one – with catchy lyrics such as “Shake it for the young bucks sittin’ in the honky-tonks/For the rednecks rockin’ ’til the break of dawn/For the DJ spinnin’ that country song,” all sung with a relatively straight face. Like Jason Aldean rapping on “Dirt Road,” it melded together hip-hop undertones set to a barnstorming production of fiddles and guitar, serving as a fitting party tune for Bryan’s official coming out song on radio.

The expected follow-up single, then, would have large shoes to fill, and in part “I Don’t Want This Night to End” delivers. It’s filled with testosterone-fueled proclamations such as “Do anything to make your smile land on my lips/And get drunk on your kiss” that Bryan delivers with high energy, hitting the slow-but-not-too-slow mark with convincing ease. But while everything chugs along just fine, the song’s biggest problem is what happens once it’s over. “I Don’t Want This Night to End” leaves nothing to be remembered, abusing its vague love story to the point it’s entirely unremarkable. In fact, its most unforgettable attribute is how aggressively (and borderline creepily) he drives home the lyric “you’re looking so damn hot” to his new female friend. The four names listed on the songwriting credits – including Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip – suggest too many brothers at the frat party, with any trace of originality getting lost in searing guitar riffs.

At 35, Bryan isn’t as young as his annual “Spring Break” EPs and latest album title “Tailgates and Tanlines” suggest. But he has clearly tapped into that demographic, in a way not seen since Kenny Chesney first ran away with many a college co-ed’s heart. Unfortunately, despite its title, “I Don’t Want This Night to End” is nothing but a disposable song that has the staying power of only 3 minutes and 40 seconds.

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  1. Ben Foster
    September 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Still collecting my thoughts, but so far this song does nothing for me. Besides the general lack of originality, the arrangement was a turn-off for me as well. It sounds too gloomy and heavy-handed, and I don’t think it goes well with the song either.

  2. Rotten Peaches
    September 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Another Peach Pickers’ classic.

  3. Carrie
    September 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Anything is better than the atrocity that was Country Girl (Shake it For Me) – a song that I’ve still yet to listen to all the way through.

    This song I can actually listen to and not want to physically cause harm to someone or something. For that, it’s an improvement, albeit a small one.

  4. Thomas
    September 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    …it’s a totally forgettable almost country tune, but it’s damn catchy – hence another likely chart-topper for him.

  5. Bobby Peacock
    September 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I honestly liked “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”. Surely the fact that it’s in Dorian mode means SOMEthing.

  6. luckyoldsun
    September 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Well that retarded song was good for something.

    I was about to ask for an English translation of the above comment, but I went and googled “Dorian mode” and learned something.

  7. Dan
    September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    While I guess “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” was okay, this is definitely a vast improvement. It reminds me of “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” my favorite Luke Bryan song so far. Nothing earth-shattering, just a good, solid piece of country music. Luke has built his career on novelty songs like “Country Girl” and “Rain Is a Good Thing,” but he’s also really enjoyable to listen to when he takes himself a little more seriously.

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