Contemporary country duo Florida Georgia Line — Brian Kelley (Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (Georgia) — takes the “if it ain’t broke” approach to “Anything Goes,” the follow-up to its blockbuster 2012 debut, “Here’s to the Good Times.”
Debuting in the number one slot of the Billboard album chart last week lends credence to the idea that the pair felt they had little to “fix” on their second album. They amble to the top with a dozen tunes, again produced by Joey Moi (Nickelback), that fall squarely into the same feel-good, tailgate-party anthem category of such previous hits as “Cruise” and “Get Your Shine On.”
There is sippin’ and smokin’ (“Sun Daze,” “Smoke”). Haggard, Jagger, and hip-hop are equally celebrated (“Anything Goes”) but not equaled. Weekends are for holding blue-eyed and game gals in one hand and a beer in the other (“Bumpin’ in the Night”). And mildly deeper thoughts about the future occasionally sprout (“Dirt”).
Kelley and Hubbard are genial enough hosts but the preponderance of monochromatic, midtempo tracks — occasionally featuring awkward, rapid fire rap-sung interludes — blend into an indistinguishable blur that may be sufficient while the party lasts but aren’t as memorable after the buzz wears off. (Out now)
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Florida Georgia Line plays Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 18.