It was announced in early November that Morgan Wallen would be releasing a massive 30-track album. Come January 8, he did just that.
Dangerous: The Double Album is a massive undertaking– especially for a second studio album– combining seven released tracks with a staggering 23 new ones.
To celebrate the release of Wallen’s double album, we decided to double up our review.
Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album Was Everything I Expected and More
Written by Hunter Baxter
I’ll admit it, when I first heard Morgan Wallen would be releasing a 30-song double album, I was very skeptical. 30 songs seems like way too many, how can one stand out from another?
Boy, was I wrong.
I can’t tell if I should be depressed, if I want to go get married, or if I want to party like we could before the pandemic. The album is comprised of nothing but bangers and ballads, and it’s been on repeat since January 8.
The album starts off with Sand In My Boots and immediately hooks you. It’s a bit unique for an album to start off with a ballad like this, but it works. The only critique I have of this one, it is reminiscent of the song Roller Coaster by Luke Bryan. But it’s still great.
I’m going to take an opposite position on my review, compared to Brett’s (following). There’s no need to be the genre police; there are a few songs with snap beats– there’s nothing wrong with that– they’re a staple of modern country music and clearly are here to stay.
Moving down the track list on the album, we get to 865. This is one of the most cleverly written songs I’ve heard in a while. Props to Blake Pendergrass, John Byron, and Wallen– they put a whole new spin on a drunk dial song and I love it. Next, I want to highlight Warning: I can see this one being a great baseball walk up song; it really gets you going. A few other songs that I think are great are Neon Eyes; Wonderin’ Bout the Wind; Your Bartender; Whiskey’d My Way; Me On Whiskey; and Red Necks, Red Letters, Red Dirt.
I can’t get enough of the song Outlaw (feat. Ben Burgess). This song just feels like Morgan Wallen. The mug shot, the TikToks from Alabama, the mullet– Morgan is an outlaw. He’s just waiting for his Annie Oakley to roll in and steal his heart. I think this is one of the most vocally impressive songs, as well.
Country A$$ Shit is a banger. “I’m losing my Dodge Ram mind” is going to be iconic– just wait till we finally get to go to Summer Countryfests again. You’ll hear this one echoing throughout the campgrounds and parking lot tailgates. Every album needs at least one party song, doesn’t it? It’s also followed up with another jam, Whatcha Think of Country Now.
The last two songs I want to highlight are Silverado For Sale and Quittin’ Time. From what I can tell, Silverado For Sale is the early favorite. It’s all over TikTok and everyone can relate to this one, whether it’s a Silverado or a ’07 Honda Civic, selling your first vehicle is emotional; this song captures every bit of that feeling. Quittin’ Time is one hell of a ballad to end the album with. With this song, Morgan captures the feeling of a relationship that both parties just know isn’t going to work. They’ve tried their best, put in the overtime, but they both know its quittin’ time.
Overall, I couldn’t be more impressed with this album. I wasn’t sure what to expect out of 30 songs and an album produced by Joey Moi, but it exceeded expectations and there isn’t a thing I would change about it. I even went out and purchased it on vinyl. If you get it at Target, you get two bonus songs This Side of a Dust Cloud and Bandaid on a Bullet Hole.
Wallen Leaves Nothing On The Cutting Room Floor In Dangerous: The Double Album
By Brett Gibbons
Sometimes, leaving things on the cutting room floor is a good thing. Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album is certainly an incredible feat, especially for it being just his second studio album, but there’s a lot that I could do without.
The opening track, Sand In My Boots, immediately became one of my favorite Morgan Wallen tracks to date; it’s a heavy-hitting song with A+ songwriting, A+ production, and a song that’s tailored to fit Wallen’s strengths as an artist.
Nobody– and I mean nobody– sings a sad “one that got away” song like Wallen.
It’s a walk down memory lane, likely an occurrence from Spring Break down in Florida. It’s a freaking depressing song, but it’s executed perfectly. Sand In My Boots is an incredible song, period.
If I were to go through track-by-track, we’d be here all day; so I’ll save time and lump a bunch of them together. It’s easy to do, since many of the songs on this album sound basically the same. There’s a ton of artificial beats and snap tracks in this and it’s clearly geared toward pop-country lovers.
That’s perfectly fine, it’s just not my glass of whiskey.
The other tracks I liked from this record all came out beforehand: Somebody’s Problem, More Than My Hometown, and This Bar are songs I really enjoy. They balance contemporary country with modern themes really well– something I think Morgan Wallen excels at (usually).
There’s a couple songs on here that were viral hits, namely 7 Summers and Cover Me Up. While not his own song, Cover Me Up is an incredible song and pays Jason Isbel’s version serious respect. 7 Summers went crazy viral on TikTok and chances are, you’ve heard it already.
Dangerous: The Double Album was produced by Joey Moi and, boy, was it ever. Songs like Wasted On You, Warning, and Still Goin Down are incredibly reminiscent of modern Chris Lane tracks: pop music with country lyrics (not saying it’s a good or bad thing, but it’s a thing). Whatcha Think of Country Now and Country A$$ Sh*t (yes, seriously) are songs that were clearly written for Florida Georgia Line and produced as such. They’re far and away the worst tracks on this record.
Tracks Somethin’ Country and Beer Don’t were co-written by HARDY and it’s really evident, but that’s a sound Wallen’s excelled in (akin to Whatcha Know About That, also written by HARDY, that can be found on Wallen’s debut album). Silverado For Sale and Wonderin’ Bout The Wind are the most Wallen-sounding songs from the rest of the track list not already covered and are a good listen.
Chris Stapleton makes a guest appearance on Only Thing That’s Gone, which is a pretty good track and Wallen’s and his voice mesh in a really interesting way. Stapleton also clearly had some say in the song, as it sounds like something from one of his own albums (though he was not credited for writing or producing the song).
The rest of the tracks not mentioned aren’t mentioned because, frankly, they’re indiscernible from each other. It’s similarly-themed, similarly-sounding and if you’re into one of those tracks, you’re in luck.
Morgan Wallen made bar music with Dangerous: The Double Album for better or for worse. These are songs made to be played in bars in the SEC; upbeat pop-infused southern songs with themes of country music in them. Plenty of songs resonate off each other and, when listening straight through, it’s easy to get lost as to which track you’re listening to.
The highs of this album are really high. The rest of the project just muddies together into a sometimes-pop, sometimes-bro country mess. Pick and choose your tracks to enjoy– there’s plenty to choose form.