Luke Bryan, ‘Light It Up’ | Track Review
Luke Bryan is infatuated with a lady and obsessed with his phone on “Light It Up,” the promo single from his new album, What Makes You Country (December 8).
Luke Bryan is currently one of the most successful country artists, male or female. It seems that he has ‘the Midas touch.’ After a two-year hiatus (excluding his Farm Tour…Here’s to the Farm EP), Bryan returns with a highly-anticipated new studio album, What Makes You Country. As of publication, Bryan released two singles in advance of the album: “Light It Up” and “What Makes You Country.” “Light It Up” was released on August 23, 2017. Interestingly, it was a featured track from our playlist, 12 Paraphilic, Fetish Songs | Playlist. More on that later.
“Light It Up” keeps things short and sweet. Clocking in under three minutes in duration, the brevity pays off. The production work is slick, firmly planted in the new vein of country. Still, even with the pop cues in play, it’s not devoid of country by any means. The chorus is the crème de la crème. It’s big, intense, and filled with objectophilia, also known as object sexuality. Bryan is infatuated with a lady (normal). But, he essentially develops a ‘relationship’ with his phone because he’s become obsessed with what his lady is doing (paraphilia). It all comes to head on the chorus.
“I get so neurotic about it baby / ‘Cause I know you’re reading your phone / I can’t help from going crazy / Thinking you might not be all alone / I wake up, I check it, I show and I check it / I feel the buzz in my truck / And I almost wreck it / I always got it on me / Just in case you want me / So, if you’re looking for my love / Then light it up.”
So, how does “Light It Up” stack up outside of its paraphilia? All in all, it’s well-produced and enjoyable. It won’t please country traditionalists due to its pop ambitions, but should play well with more the more liberal, contemporary country fans.
Luke Bryan • What Makes You Country • Capitol • Release: 12.8.17
Photo Credit: Capitol