Chris Janson, ‘Power of Positive Drinkin” [Listen]
Chris Janson's "Power of Positive Drinkin'" recalls his Warner Nashville debut "Buy Me a Boat" without sounding too familiar. He's quickly building a brand of blue collar party songs that speak to guys (and women) like him.
"Beer one, tastes just like a beer / Beer two, a little bit better than one / Beer three, beer four / Yeah that was pretty damn good, so hand me one more / Beer five, and I’m coming alive / Beer six, man it really went down quick / Seven, eight, nine, I’m feeling fine / By number 10 life’s good again,” he sings during a bridge that repeats itself later in the song. The spoken-word breakdown sets this song apart, and sets him apart as an artist. "Spoken-word" does not equal "rap," Janson proves.
"Power of Positive Drinkin'" doesn't follow a traditional song formula (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus). Janson and co-writers Chris DuBois and Mark Irwin penned only one verse, and it's forgotten by the time he finishes the chorus (see below).
“Work sucks, truck died, hot as hell outside and my AC just broke / The woman I love packed half of my stuff and she took off down the road / Where she went, I don’t know / But she’s never coming back / My life feels like a joke / It hurts too much to laugh,” Janson sings after a riffy guitar open that's also true to what fans loved about "Buy Me a Boat."
It's going to be difficult to follow up the success of "Buy Me a Boat," as that song was such an event. Janson long ago proved he has the talent (and songs) to sustain a commercial career. It's difficult to envision "Power of Positive Drinkin'" not enjoying modest success, at the very least.
Why Fans Will Love It: There's always room for one more drinking song.
Key Lyrics: “So I go / To that little place where the good times always roll / In the glow of the neon light, when I know / There’s a new song I’ll be singing / Before I leave here I believe in the power of positive drinking.”
Did You Know?: Chris Janson does not drink.
Listen to Chris Janson, “The Power of Positive Drinkin’”
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