Within the first minute of “That’s My Kind Of Night,” the opening track on Luke Bryan’s new album “Crash My Party,” he cites tailgating, beer drinking and a nameless “pretty girl” in suntan oil and cowboy boots — all standard modern-day signifiers for a country song. Set to an electronically altered bass-and-drum rhythm, the song also refers to a country hip-hop mix tape, a reflection of the tune’s arrangement, which mixes banjo, hard-rock guitar riffs and hip-hop production touches. What Bryan’s fourth album doesn’t offer is many surprises. The current Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, Bryan sticks with souped-up country rockers and romantic ballads about how guys who like to fish and guzzle beer and drive pickup trucks do better with women and generally have more fun than their counterparts. That theme rings out in the title song and many others, including “Beer In The Headlights,” ‘’We Run This Town,” ‘’Play It Again,” ‘’Out Like That” and on and on.
Bryan and producer Jeff Stevens do push the edge of how many electronic effects they can use in a country song. But in every other way, Bryan sticks a bit too predictably with a successful formula on “Crash My Party.” Other new music releases today: Glen Campbell, “See You There” (Surfdog Records) Coheed and Cambria, “The Afterman Limited Deluxe Set Live Edition” (Hundred Handed Inc.) Bela Fleck, “The Imposter” (DG/Mercury Classics) Parachute, “Overnight” (Island/Def Jam) Valerie June, “Against A Stone” (Concord Music Group) Washed Out, “Paracosm” (Sub Pop) The Wild Feathers, “The Wild Feathers” (Warner Bros.) Yellowcard, “Ocean Avenue Acoustic” (Hopeless) Top 10 most-streamed songs on Spotify 1. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star Trak LLC/Interscope) 2. Jay-Z, “Holy Grail” (Roc Nation) 3. Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop” (RCA Records) 4. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records) 5. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Universal) 6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore) 7. Bruno Mars, “Treasure” (Atlantic Records) 8. Lorde, “Royals” (Republic Records) 9. Jay-Z, “(Expletive)withmeyouknowigotit” (Roc Nation) 10. Jay-Z, “Tom Ford” (Roc Nation) Top 10 most viral tracks The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 5, to Sunday, August 11, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. 1. Lorde, “Royals” (Lava Music/Republic Records) 2. Prince Royce, “Darte un Beso” (Sony Music Latin) 3. Five Finger Death Punch, “Mama Said Knock You Out” (Prospect Park) 4. Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente” (Sony Music Latin) 5. Vance Joy, “Riptide” (Atlantic) 6. R. Kelly, “My Story” (RCA Records) 7. Phosphorescent, “Song for Zula” (Dead Oceans) 8. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin) 9. Regina Spektor, “You’ve Got Time” (Sire) 10. Pharrell, “Happy” (Back Lot Music)