Florida Georgia Line, ‘Anything Goes’ [Listen]
Slow down before you lump Florida Georgia Line's single "Anything Goes" into the “been there, heard that” FGL pile. The duo spit some really clever, sharp lyrics, and the country-rocker is as imaginative as it is edgy.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley didn’t help pen the title track to their latest album — credit Felix McTeigue, Chris Tompkins and Craig Wiseman for weaving right-field metaphors and brand names into the story with an artist’s efficiency. The first half of the chorus is what will stick:
“Lime on the rim of that dixie silver / Smokin’ up a faded out 4x4 / Girls headin’ off to the river, yeah / Victoria's Secret ain’t a secret no more.”
By freeing themselves of the shackles of what is or isn’t “real" country music, this duo is able to fall into rhymes and metaphors that set their sound apart as much as their in-your-face production style.
“Well baby you ain’t nothin’ but a masterpiece / Swayin’ and sippin’ that Dos Equis / Losin’ yourself in the big loud beat, nothin’ but heat / Somebody's rockin’ that bang box / Everybody hittin’ that sweet spot / Nobody mindin’ that tick-tock / Gettin’ all locked in with all my friends,” Kelley sings during the second verse. It’s poetic!
Sonically, the song is very similar to many (but not all) of FGL’s previous hits, especially those from Here’s to the Good Times. Like a hulking offensive lineman named Ox, we wanna characterize this big, loud sound as unrefined, but a closer listen reveals an incredibly refined sonic landscape. This is why Florida Georgia Line are not one-hit wonders.
Why Fans Will Love It: It's an in-your-face stadium anthem with sneaky, sharp lyrics.
Key Lyrics: "I brought the songs and you brought the party / Only one way to do it up right / Everybody goes where everybody knows / That anything goes on a Friday night."
Did You Know?: FGL namecheck at least five different brands in "Anything Goes": Chevy, Victoria's Secret, Dos Equis, Bang Box and the band Alabama.
Listen to Florida Georgia Line, “Anything Goes”
You Think You Know Florida Georgia Line?