You Should Be Here

You Should Be Here

by Cole SwindellCole Swindell


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As a partial architect of bro-country, Cole Swindell can't be expected to jettison the swaggering sound once it starts to get a little long in the tooth. As a commercially savvy songwriter, however, he knows he needs to expand his reach for a second album, which is what he does on 2016's You Should Be Here. Dialing back the party tunes that gave him number one hits, Swindell nevertheless doesn't entirely abandon his suburbanite anthems. He does, however, move his way toward minor keys and adopts hints of the looped R&B rhythms Sam Hunt popularized in 2015. Tellingly, he also embraces themes that bely a slight maturation, or at least heartbreak: he's no longer chillin' while asking a girl to dance for him, he's wishing the party wasn't over and grappling with memories that don't leave. Such ruminations mean You Should Be Here moves along at a slightly slow gait -- the one time the tempo really gets kicking is in "No Can Left Behind," a drinking song stowed away at the end -- but that does give it a casual crossover vibe, one that never suggests Swindell is gunning for the middle of the road. That slyness turns out to be his greatest asset: beneath that everyday grin he not only knows what sells, but he knows how to look like he's not selling any wares, which is the key to a successful country-pop artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2016
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624920489
catalogNumber: 554671
Rank: 177216

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cole Swindell   Primary Artist
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Wolofsky   Bass
James Mitchell   Electric Guitar
John Palmieri   Percussion,Background Vocals
Dave Cohen   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Michael Carter   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Mills Logan   Engineer
Terry McBride   Composer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
Patrick Thrasher   Programming
Shane Tarleton   Creative Packaging Direction
Brad Tursi   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Heather Morgan   Composer
Brandon Kinney   Composer
Matt Dragstrem   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
John Palmieri   overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Aaron Eshuis   Composer
Zach Crowell   Composer
Canaan Smith   Composer
Jaron Boyer   Composer
Cole Taylor   Composer
Mike Moore   Art Direction
Michael Carter   Composer,Programming,Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Cole Swindell   Composer
Tyler Hubbard   Composer
Brian Kelley   Composer
Brandon Lay   Composer
Chase McGill   Composer
Matt Brownleewe   Composer

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