You Should Be Here
Label: Warner Records
Although Cole Swindell showed a softer side on the autobiographical No. 1 hit "You Should Be Here," the Georgia native knows how his bread is buttered. His sophomore effort You Should Be Here is chock full of the catchy, carefree party songs on which his career has been built. That's not to say there aren't thoughtful/emotional/sentimental songs here -- in fact, most of the songs are slow-to-mid-tempo. "Middle of a Memory," "Broke Down" and "Home Game" are slow numbers which show a sentimental side, and nicely highlight clever lyrical phrasing. But why wallow when there's a party waiting to get started? Case in point is "Flatliner," on which Dierks Bentley guests. This rabble-rouser is all about pure escapism, so simplistic lyrical couplets (“Dang girl, look at you/Stopping me in my boots/What's a country boy to do/But say ‘uh huh'”) can be forgiven. The slyly winking "No Can Left Behind" will certainly be the de rigueur party anthem this summer, with honorable nods to "Remember Boys" and "Stay Downtown."