Dan + Shay ‘Good Things’ Album Review

Superstar duo Dan + Shay released their highly anticipated album Good Things on Friday, August 13. “Glad You Exist,” which served as the first single off the album, set the tone for how this project would sound: full of positivity and good vibes. It’s clear that the pair have reached a happy place in their lives, and now they want to share that with fans.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney have become synonymous with music industry success. They released their debut album in 2014 to much critical acclaim, and their sophomore album did the same with hit song “From The Ground Up.” Their third album sent them into new heights as # 1 songs “Tequila” and “Speechless” became crossover anthems. Even as the duo experiments with different styles, they prove time and time again they remain country at the core.

“Good Things” contains two songs fans have already come to love prior to this year. The #1 hit collaboration with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours” and “I Should Probably Go To Bed” are featured. The Title Track “Good Things” was released last month and furthered the feel-good energy. “When you think of me, I hope you think good things.”

This album has melodies made to be stuck in your head. “Steal My Love” has an island flare where Smyers and Mooney’s harmonies really shine through. “Body Language” is another track with an exceptional melody. Even though the song is about knowing the other person doesn’t feel the same way, the beat makes you want to move as soon as you hear it.

One of the more moving songs is “Let Me Get Over Her.” The longing in their voices lets listeners in on the pain behind the lyrics. “She ain’t gonna call, act like I don’t care, bottle on the floor giving me away.” The chorus enhances those feelings and it’s where Mooney showcases his powering vocals. “Let me forget she forgot about me, let me get over her, cause right now I’m begging you, I’m down on my knees.”

“You” is a track where the production can be placed at the ending of a heartwarming movie and fit perfectly. “I got you, for the rest of my days, in a sun on Sunday morning or the pouring rain.” “One Direction” is another song with a possible cinematic feel. It starts off with the acoustics and then builds once the chorus hits. The song is about enjoying the life we have now and realizing time is something we can’t get back. As a whole, “Good Things” sounds like Smyers and Mooney are giving fans one big hug.

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