I have to admit, this song did not match my expectations at all. Of course, when it comes to Florida-Georgia Line, that’s actually a good thing.
Few country acts have been as popular or polarizing as FGL since they burst onto the scene with “Cruise” in 2012. The duo’s unique blend of bombastic rock, pop, and even rap elements have earned them incredible success on the country charts, as well as the everlasting enmity of traditional-leaning fans who prefer to listen to actual country music on country radio. FGL has moderated and softened its tone over time, however, and continue this trend with their third single off of their third album, “God, Your Mama, And Me.”
Production-wise, this song reminds me of an early-00s pop song more than anything else. Forget fiddle, steel, or even a token banjo: This song is mostly synthetic, to the point where even real drums and electric guitars seem to be in short supply. This song is also slower and more spacious than other FGL songs, with a lot less energy than the duo normally brings. It’s not as egregiously ear-grating as some of their previous material, but I think it swings a bit too far in the other direction, and just lulls the listener to sleep instead.
Vocally, lead singer Tyler Hubbard struggles with the song’s slow, methodical pace, and his flow on the lyrics is a lot choppier than usual, but he delivers a solid, believable performance overall. Brian Kelley does his usual disappearing act, but the most surprising thing about the track is that the Backstreet Boys are relegated to harmony work on the chorus, and are barely noticeable. Why bother even bringing in a guest star or group (especially one who’s sure to incite a response from country purists) if you’re not going to have them do something interesting on the track? I’ve never been a fan of the Backstreet Boys, but they deserve better than this.
Lyrically, “God, Your Mama, And Me” is several steps above the juvenile discourse that FGL usually uses, but now feels generic and unmemorable. The narrator offers broad, sweeping platitudes about how much he loves his girl, and offers up a few random images of a church at the start of the song that seem out of place. The pseudo-rap lines on the bridge also feel out of place, given the plodding pace of the rest of the song. On the whole, for a slower song that places more emphasis on the lyrics that faster or harder-rocking songs do, there isn’t a lot to hold on to outside of…well, “God, your mama, and me.” (And that’s mostly because the phrase is repeated twelve times in the song.)
Overall, “God, Your Mama, and Me” is a step up from Florida-Georgia Line’s past work, but I still wouldn’t consider a great (or even good) song. There’s nothing here that’s going to offend a lot of people, but there’s also nothing here that going to stick with them either. It’s radio filler and not much else.
Rating: 5/10. I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to this one.