Both albums offer up opportunities for Bryan to shake his hips and pack out arenas, but the latter also gives him a chance to slow down and get back to his roots.
Bryan’s latest single, “Fast” is Bryan at his best– genuine, sincere, and country. The difference in this single and his previous “Home Alone Tonight” or “Kick The Dust Up”? Bryan is a co-writer on the track. (The other heartfelt lyricists are Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird. Clawson wrote Florida Georgia’s soulful “Dirt” and the George Strait classic, “I Saw God Today.” Laird is responsible for a good chunk of Kacey Musgraves’ catalog and Eric Church’s “Give Me Back My Hometown.”)
When Bryan gets back to his roots, there’s no beating him– he really is a charming, Southern, good ol’ boy.
The lyrics are all too relatable and might really hit you in the gut if you’re a parent, in an ultra-reflective mood or just generally nostalgic.
That’s the kind of car you wanna drive when you’re sixteen
That’s the kind of boys that you want on your home team
Yeah, you think you’re gonna catch your big dreams just like that
And here you are, looking back
Sixty seconds now feels more like thirty
Tick-tock, won’t stop, around it goes
Sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry
All you keep trying to do is slow it down, soak it in
You’re trying to make the good times last as long as you can
But you can’t, man
It just goes too fast
That’s what your parents said when they were falling in love
It’s too fast
There ain’t no way the two of us were ever going to last
But we did, and here we are, and our only problem is