Kill the Lights

Kill the Lights

by Luke BryanLuke Bryan


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When Luke Bryan subtitled his final collection of Spring Break EPs "Checkin' Out," he made no bones about his maturation: now that he's a man, he's giving up his childish ways. Kill the Lights -- Bryan's fifth album, delivered just five months after that farewell to Spring Break debauchery -- is unabashedly the work of a man who is beginning to feel the weight of encroaching middle age, but Bryan isn't running away from the good times he celebrated as a younger man. Sure, there are suggestions that he's feeling the weight of his years -- he notices how "60 seconds now feel more like 30," then compares his beating heart to the skips on a CD -- but Bryan isn't living for yesterday, he's duetting with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild about texting pictures to their exes to stoke jealousy while singing the title song to a neo-new wave disco beat that could also pass as EDM. In other words, Bryan is happy to be a modern man and Kill the Lights excels by being modern, as comfortable in the contours that lie between contemporary country and crossover as it is in the workingmans' sports bars that dot these United States. Bryan never abandons his blue-collar roots but he also suggests he sees a world outside of red states (after all, he obliquely references Coldplay on the arena ballad "Just Over") and that is the key to the record's success: Bryan is everything to everybody, a genial host who hopes everybody is having a grand time. He's crowd pleasing without pandering, delivering slow-burning ballads and tempered party tunes that never descend to bacchanalia. Bryan is a guy that wants everybody to have fun, then come back tomorrow for another round and that's why Kill the Lights works so well. He's a genial, generous host, going out of his way to ensure everybody has a good time, and Kill the Lights winds up feeling happy and generous, an inclusive record that plays to teenage desires as effectively as memories of an adolescence left behind.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2015
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602547235053
catalogNumber: 002281302
Rank: 15376

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luke Bryan   Primary Artist
Jeff Stevens   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Michael Rojas   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Mark Hill   Bass
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Jody Stevens   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jennifer Wrinkle   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Eddy Dunlap   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeff Stevens   Composer,Producer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Tommy Cecil   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Ross Copperman   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Brad Tursi   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Luke Bryan   Composer
Jody Stevens   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Luke Laird   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Jay Clementi   Composer
Jeff Hyde   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Ryan Tyndell   Composer
Trevor Rosen   Composer
Jesse Jo Dillon   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
Cole Taylor   Composer
Michael Carter   Composer
Jaida Dreyer   Composer
Chase McGill   Composer
Kerri Edwards   Management

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