Born Here Live Here Die Here

Born Here Live Here Die Here

by Luke Bryan
Born Here Live Here Die Here

Born Here Live Here Die Here

by Luke Bryan

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Overview

Perhaps it was meant as a celebration of the pleasures of home, but there's a telling complacency lying within the heart of the title of Born Here Live Here Die Here. Seven albums deep into his career, Luke Bryan sees no reason to mess with the cheery sound that brought him fame and fortune. Boozy anthems sit alongside sentimental ballads, with the two extremes bridged by sunny pop tunes about love, the outdoors, and other country concerns. Bryan may still act like it's 2010 but he can't turn back the hands of time. Now firmly ensconced in middle age, he moves a little slower and sounds a bit gentler than he used to, an overall mellowing that changes the tenor of his music. What once played like a party now feels like comfort or, at best, the soundtrack to a midweek happy hour. Bryan's signature friendliness helps sell these subdued good times, but the leisurely pace also means he often sounds like a dad telling dorky jokes. When he rhapsodizes about "Knocking Boots," there's no danger he'll seduce a stranger, and when he sings about being "Too Drunk to Drive," he's completely sober. His measured attack suits a singer who is slowly turning into an old pro even though it can also highlight how he's still singing about the same things he did a decade earlier. The lack of musical and emotional evolution doesn't necessarily hamper Born Here Live Here Die Here -- it was designed as slick entertainment and that's exactly what it is -- but it does suggest Bryan may be playing with some borrowed time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2020
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602508725890
Rank: 62352

Tracks

  1. Knockin' Boots
  2. What She Wants Tonight
  3. Born Here Live Here Die Here
  4. One Margarita
  5. Too Drunk to Drive
  6. Build Me a Daddy
  7. Little Less Broken
  8. For a Boat
  9. Where Are We Goin'
  10. Down to One

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luke Bryan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mark Hill   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Guitar (Bass),Bass (Vocal)
Greg Morrow   Drums
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar (Electric)
John Willis   Mandolin,Guitar (Acoustic)
Perry Coleman   Vocals (Background)
Jody Stevens   Bass,Banjo,Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Electric)
Matt Rogers   Vocals (Background)
Adam Shoenfeld   Guitar (Electric)
John Wills   Mandolin,Guitar (Acoustic)
Rob McNelley   Guitar (Electric)
Derek Wells   Guitar (Electric)
David Dorn   Keyboards
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Charlie Judge   Keyboards
Evan Hutchings   Drums,Percussion
Ilya Toshinskiy   Banjo,Guitar (Acoustic)
Jake Mitchell   Guitar (Electric)
Chancie Neal   Vocals (Background)
Justin Ostrander   Guitar (Electric)
Eddy Dunlap   Dobro,Pedal Steel

Technical Credits

Kerri Edwards   Management
Jameson Rodgers   Composer
Taylor Phillips   Composer
Sarah Marie Burke   A&R
Kera Jackson   Art Producer
Matt Rogers   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Derek Bason   Mixing,Engineer,Recording
Rhett Akins   Composer
Luke Bryan   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Jody Stevens   Composer,Producer,Programming
Jim Wright   Photography
Adam Ayan   Mastering,Mastering Engineer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Brent Cobb   Composer
Michael Carter   Composer,Composer
Jeff Stevens   Composer,Producer
Kyle Fishman   Composer,Programming
Wendy Stamberger   Design,Art Direction
Scott Johnson   Production Coordination
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Ross Copperman   Composer
Matt Dragstrem   Composer
Mike Walker   Composer
Brandon Kinney   Composer
Josh Thompson   Composer
Randy Montana   Composer
Jake Mitchell   Composer
Zach Crowell   Composer
Brian Wright   A&R
Jon Nite   Composer
Jeremy Bussey   Composer
Chris Small   Editing,Assistant,Digital Editing,Mixing Assistant,Assistant Engineer
Lindsay Rimes   Composer
Ryan Hurd   Composer
Justin Ebach   Composer
Brett Tyler   Composer
Chase McGill   Composer
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