Music Review: Billy Currington Goes Country And Beyond At The Fillmore

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 29: Israeli President Shimon Peres places a tulip on the wall during his visit to the Dutch Theatre (Hollandsche Schouwburg) on September 29, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The theatre was used as a location to deport Jews in the second World War and is now a monument. Peres is on an official four day visit to the Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

It took seven years for him to follow-up the Grammy-winning masterpiece that was FutureSex/LoveSounds, and when he did in March with The 20/20 Experience, the pop prince helped fill a void in our musical lives, thanks to his slick R&B sound jelled with dance beats. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Now, we may be getting too much of Timberlake. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 uses the same formula thats becoming his musical trademark the trance-inducing grooves and futuristic electronic beats helmed by Timbaland and Timberlake, who co-wrote each song. Unfortunately it doesnt feel new. Like FutureSex and the first 20/20 album, the songs on 2 of 2 are long, but they arent as entertaining or as cohesive as his first effort. Some tracks sound like leftovers from past recording sessions, and dare we say it actually drag on. The album starts on the wrong note with Gimme What I Dont Know (I Want) and the nine-minute True Blood, both up-tempo songs that lack that Timberlake-esque spark and swag. The lead single, the disco number Take Back the Night, might be good for mere mortal pop stars, but compared to Timberlakes own lofty standards, disappoints. A better choice would have been the Drake-assisted Cabaret, which is smooth and has an addictive hook. Not all of 2 of 2 should be dismissed: You Got It On is soft slow jam listen and youll feel like youre on a cloud. And the midtempo Drink You Away is the discs most adventurous offering. It doesnt sound like anything else on the album: Its guitar driven with a strong backbeat, with a raw quality that makes it a bit indescribable and exhilarating.

“A lot of people are missing the boat here,” he said. Molly could be anything … 80 to 90 percent of the time we are given a chemical or substance believed to be Molly, we’re finding most of the time it is something completely different.” Four recent deaths attributed to Molly have thrust the club drug into the national spotlight. On August 31, a 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate and a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student died after taking what they believed to be Molly during an electronic music concert in New York City. The deaths, and several other reported overdoses, prompted the Electric Zoo festival to cancel the final day of the concert. RELATED: ELECTRIC ZOO SUED FOR NOT REFUNDING TICKETS AFTER OVERDOSE DEATHS A University of Virginia student died at a rave in Washington, D.C., the same weekend, after taking what her friends said was Molly. Days earlier in Boston, a 19-year-old woman died in a club and three concert-goers overdosed at the waterfront, police said. In Atlanta, this weekend’s TomorrowWorld music festival organizers warned on its website of zero-tolerance for MDMA use, but noted: “If you or someone around you has taken something that you are concerned about or need help, it is important that you tell our staff. We are here to help and never judge.” The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms involving MDMA has jumped 123 percent since 2004, according to data compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network. In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 such visits. RELATED: ‘MOLLY’ OVERDOSE CAUSED ELECTRIC ZOO DEATHS: CITY In the New York concert deaths, the medical examiner found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, the DEA said. “It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly.

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The Georgia-born singer likes to start off country but emphatically refuses to stay there. ( Josh Sisk / For The Washington Post ) – Billy Currington ranged as far afield as The Jeffersons theme song and Robin Thickes Blurred Lines. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas By the close of his 80-minute set at the Fillmore on Friday night, Currington and his versatile, energetic quintet had unearthed the Jeffersons TV theme song Movin On Up and, with stabs at Robin Thickes Blurred Lines and Daft Punks Get Lucky , turned the Silver Spring rock hall into a beat-heavy nightclub. Which is hardly to say that he held back the hard stuff. After opening with the happy-go-lucky I Got a Feelin , Currington dug into the honky-tonk rockers I Wanna Be a Hillbilly and Thats How Country Boys Roll . The traditional-sounding country-western ballad Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer and the mid-tempo Love Done Gone , with its charming Neil Diamondesque ba-bada singalong hook, lifted spirits even higher. It was at this point that Currington introduced the audience to his real-live chocolate labrador retriever, Paco the honorary subject of the mock-misogynistic Like My Dog (He dont get mad at me and throw a major fit / When I say his sister is a bitch / I want you to love me like my dog does, baby / When I come home, want you to just go crazy). Currington escaped the doghouse with a pair of heartfelt ballads: Let Me Down Easy and Dont. Indeed its easy to picture Currington having attempted to rise up the ranks of modern R&B singers. Occasionally, though, Curringtons expansive range led him too far afield. The slick pulsating pop of Hey Girl and We Are Tonight (the title track of his recently dropped new album) sounded forced and flat on Friday. Yet no matter how strenuously he stretches his repertoire, Currington remains centered in songs like Good Directions and People Are Crazy , the latter a worthy contribution to county musics corpus of wisdom literature: God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. Galupo is a freelance writer.