Personnel: Devin Malone (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin); Mickey Jack Cones (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Ross Copperman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Brent Anderson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Jon Nite (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Dan Dugmore, B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar); Jimmy Robbins, Kyle Fishman (electric guitar, programming); Derek Wells, Justin Ostrander, Troy Lancaster (electric guitar); Tony Harrell (piano, keyboards); Dustin Christensen (piano); Zach Crowell (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Will Weatherly (keyboards, programming); Dave Cohen , Reff Roach (keyboards); Lonnie Wilson, Joshua Sales, Nir Z, Ben Phillips (drums); Brady Tilow (programming, background vocals); Justin Ebach (programming); Karen Fairchild , Michael Jefferson, Micah Wilshire, Hailey Cirovski, Jackson Daniel Cones, Shannon Cones, Josh Osborne (background vocals).
Recording information: Big Light Studio, Nashville, TN; Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN; Superphonic, Nashville, TN; The Castle Recording Studio,Franklin, TN; The Red Room, Nashville, TN; The Spank Factory, Nashville, TN; The Track House, Nashville, TN; Westwood Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: John Shearer; Joseph Llanes; Ford Fairchild; Daniel Vorlet.
It's possible to follow the trends in mainstream country music by listening to Dustin Lynch's albums. He started the 2010s attempting to fashion his own spin on Luke Bryan's friendly bro country, slid into the middle of the decade by co-opting a little bit of Jason Aldean's simmering seduction, and approaches its sunset with Current Mood, a record that is firmly aligned with current country trends. Namely, Current Mood is awash in R&B and glossy electronic surfaces, a sound that suggests mainstream pop as much as country. He's not the only purveyor of this sound in 2017 -- Sam Hunt pushed country in this direction, with the likes of Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris following quickly in his footsteps -- but he's someone who has pursued it wholeheartedly, dedicating almost every track on Current Mood to this pop amalgam. Because Where It's At had a fair number of cuts in the vein of Aldean's R&B-friendly "Burnin' It Down," this doesn't feel like a great leap for Lynch and, frankly, it's a better fit for him than the wannabe Bryan era. He not only seems relaxed and confident, but the modern R&B opens the door for the old-fashioned soul slow-burner "Love Me or Leave Me Alone," a duet with Karen Fairchild, to pop. Generally, Lynch is better with the romantic material -- the party songs "I Wish You Were Beer" and, well, "Party Song," veer toward the cornpone, as does "Why Not Tonight," but it's saved via its bizarre Weezer country fusion -- but fortunately the album favors ballads and slow-grooving pop tunes, all of which allows Lynch to display his laid-back charm. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine