Billy Currington has become a fan favorite at country radio. In fact, only two of Currington’s singles failed to reach the top ten on the Billboard charts and he’s had two consecutive number one singles. Now he’s trying to add to his streak with his latest single, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.” Can he continue his incredible success at radio?
After dabbling in what I call island country on “People Are Crazy” and southern country-rock on “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” Billy Currington finds himself returning to his “Good Directions” style of country on “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.” The production is filled with the same sounds as “Directions” which are led by plenty of steel guitar riffs. The steel-filled introduction makes you immediately think of the traditional stylings of artists like George Strait and Alan Jackson; however, that’s where the comparisons to those legends end.
As soon as Currington sings the opening verse, it’s immediately clear that this song is a fairly weak attempt at trying to conjure up a unique summer song that stands out at country radio. Lyrically, the song is extremely mediocre in describing how the narrator’s only talent is drinking beer. Lines such as “I’m not the type to work in a bank/ I’m no good for slappin on paint/ don’t have a knack for makin’ motors crank” demonstrate some cleverness but are also a bit dumbed down they are.
Billy’s lackluster vocal performance only adds to the not-so-mind-boggling theme of the song. The way he lazily performs the song makes you wonder if it was intentionally supposed to sound as if a few adult beverages were being served in the studio at the time of recording.
For the summer radio season, this song fits right in with the season’s theme but fails to seperate itself from summer standouts like “All Over Me” and “Roll with It.” However, even with all its moronic qualities, this song could find its way to the top of the charts.