Florida Georgia Line’s Three Party/Bacardi Rhymes

Are They Redundant or Just Emphasizing a Signature Sound?

Depending on how you look at it, Billboard magazine’s cover story about Florida Georgia Line is either pointing out how consistent they are. Or how redundant they are. Especially lyrically.

The magazine ran the numbers, and here’s what they found on the duo’s new album Anything Goes:

There are 12 tracks on the album, due out Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Ten have lyrics about the night.

Four have whiskey.

Three have beer.

Three have Saturday.

Two have Friday.

Then there’s the whole party/Bacardi controversy. According to Billboard, all three of Florida Georgia Line’s albums have a song that rhymes “party” with “Bacardi.” I have to admit, if I’d come up with a rhyme like that, I’d want to use it over and over again.

But it doesn’t sound like the band is apologizing for anything. That is who they are. The story points out that the criticism of the band is because their music portrays Southern life “as a series of drunk, horny Saturday nights.”

And, as a side note, also maybe stoned Saturday nights. The story reveals an admission from Hubbard that, yes, they get high. Just like the picture they paint in their new song “Sun Daze” — with lyrics such as “All I wanna do today is wear my favorite shades and get stoned” — they are cool with taking the party past the Bacardi/Fireball/moonshine level. And once they next-level that, imagine the rhymes they’ll come up with.

The band’s rationale for party-heavy lyrics, monster hooks and giant choruses is their varied musical influences growing up.

“In our generation, you can have a CD with six different genres of music on it,” Hubbard said. “For us, it’s all one thing, and if we have shocked people with our music, it’s probably the older generation. Anybody that makes a mark or sets a new standard has a hard time at first because people don’t understand it.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.