Platinum selling recording artist Cole Swindell released his fourth studio album Stereotype on Friday, April 8th. Swindell has been releasing hit after hit from this LP, including “Single Saturday Night,” “Some Habits,” and his duet with Lainey Wilson “Never Say Never.” Now fans can listen to the whole picture this singer-songwriter has to offer.
Swindell has seemed to have arguably one of the more consistent radio careers in country music. He has 10 No. 1 songs to his resume and plenty of touring experience to show for it. Before the screaming fans and bright lights, he was simply working the merchandise booth on Luke Bryan’s tours. The fellow Georgians had a bond over music, and Bryan has been his biggest supporter ever since. Swindell went on to sign a publishing deal in Nashville where he honed in on his songwriting. He has written hits like Bryan’s “Roller Coaster,” Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That,” and Florida Georgia Line’s “This is How We Roll.”
The title track “Stereotype” was released a couple weeks preceding the full LP. The song is about falling for a stereotypical small town girl, and realizing you want to embrace that small town stereotype too. Swindell sings references to Shania Twain and doing shots at a bar in his signature melodic way. On“Miss Wherever” he sings about strong first impressions stating,“Looking like a miss wherever she’s from, give her the crown, yeah she already won, it ain’t no contest, girl in that dress, with the kind of smile you only find on some.”
Swindell offers no shortage of heartbreak tracks, but he does it in the most melodic and catchy way possible. “How Is She” is a perfect example of a heartbreak song worth cranking all the way up. Having the same friends as an ex makes it possible to check in on them, and Swindell can’t help himself. “Walk On Whiskey” also finds a way to pull on your heartstrings as the lyrics show off some of his most clever writing. “She finally got me down here on my knees, fighting back tears and gravity / She’s learning how to fly those angel wings / I’m drowning her goodbye in Tennessee / Probably wouldn’t be, if her halo was still hanging over me / Heaven knows she walked on water / Hell, I can’t even walk on whiskey.”
“Every Beer” is one of the more reflective tracks as Swindell sings about what life lessons he truly believes in. “Call your mama, see the world / Get that tattoo, kiss the girl / Count your
blessings, thank your stars / Learn your lesson, earn your scars / Life’s a sunset from the porch, as beautiful as it is short.”
This record has all of the characteristics of a great Swindell project: truth and the urge to roll your windows down. He definitely makes a case for at least a few more No. 1 hits.
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