Swindell’s debut album does not disappoint

Jackie Gutknecht

Georgia Southern University alum Cole Swindell released his self-titled debut album on Tuesday and it is sure to keep you ‘Swayin.’

Swindell graduated from GSU in 2007 and went on to write songs for well known country artists such as Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young and Florida Georgia Line before he independently released his debut single ‘Chillin’ It.’ Swindell then signed a record deal and began to produce his album, “Cole Swindell.”

The album starts off with a love song, ‘Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,’ which usually wouldn’t sound like a good time, but its chorus will have you singing along to it immediately.

The album features a good mix between slower songs and party anthems.

The sixth track on the album, ‘Brought To You By Beer,’ seems like the party song that reflects any night in Stateboro, starting with the sun going down and a “can’t wait, tailgate party on ice, chillin’ in the back of a four-wheel drive.” The rhythm of the song is a toe-tapper and makes you want to get up and dance immediately.

‘Swayin’ carries the party sound through the album and literally makes you want to sway along with the song. It is a perfect concert song and I can just imagine the crowds with their hands in the air going back and forth with the beat.

A few of the songs are, of course, dedicated to falling in love, like any good country album. There are heartbreaks and love stories throughout the entire collection that keep you listening to more.

‘A Dozen Roses and a Six-Pack’ is a completely relatable college break up story of a guy waiting to see if his girl will forgive him one more time. “Is she gone for good, well it’s hard to say, but I’m gonna be ready either way.”

This album is a good opening act for Swindell’s career, and it’s sure to make him a main act in the country music scene.

Swindell is currently opening up for Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night tour with Lee Brice with upcoming shows in Kentucky and North Dakota.