Billy Currington Leans into Dance and Prince Funk on Surprise New Album 'Intuition'

Country singer Billy Currington has emerged from wherever he goes for years at a time and dropped a surprise new album. The “People Are Crazy” singer’s seventh major-label release Intuition is out now and sees him tilting more toward the textures of Eighties synth-pop, dance music, and R&B.

Currington, whose most recent radio single was 2019’s “Details,” has never shied away from experimenting with different styles — “Must Be Doing Somethin’ Right” was sultry country-soul, “We Are Tonight” was an unabashedly U2-style arena-rock anthem, and “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” came out of the George Strait playbook. On Intution, he worked with producer-songwriter Rob Persaud — with whom he co-wrote all 12 tracks — to mostly leave classic country flourishes behind in favor of warm synths, programmed beats, and slapped bass.

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Opening song “Lead Me” bears traces of tropical house in its frothing dance beat, to which Currington soulfully pleads, “Lead me through the darkness/I don’t want to lose you.” “Complicated” incorporates pedal steel for added texture. “Distraction” has sensual, luxurious Nineties R&B in its DNA, while “Confess” and “Get Close” mine the crisp party funk of Prince and the Time for more danceable grooves. “Lighthouse” seems like a possible contender for country radio play — a shimmering power ballad about the looming end of a relationship. “I can see the lighthouse burning/I can see it all in flames/I can see the tide is turning and we’ll never been the same,” he sings.

Intuition follows Currington’s last full-length effort, 2015’s Summer Forever. That album contained three country Number One hits in “Don’t It,” “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” and “Do I Make You Wanna.” He has a handful of live shows booked, including New Jersey’s Barefoot Country Music Fest on August 20th and Billy Bob’s Fort Worth on October 1st.

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