"Current Mood" is the third studio album by American country music singer Dustin Lynch. It was released on September 8, 2017, via Broken Bow Records. The album includes the singles "Seein' Red" and "Small Town Boy".
Current Mood had five different producers at the helm including Brent Anderson, Mickey Jack Cones, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell and Will Weatherly. As a result, the album is less cohesive and instead takes on Lynch’s wide range of influences and emotions — something he intended to do.
Lynch co-wrote seven of the album’s 13 tracks and says his goal for the project was to stretch himself. As a result, the upbeat songs take the forefront throughout the album while the ballads take a backseat, which is unfortunate. On Current Mood the singer, who got his start with the heartfelt debut single “Cowboys and Angels” inspired by his grandparents’ long-lasting relationship, turns to R&B and pop produced tracks that have little depth. Instead of pining for that everlasting love, Lynch sings about partying (“Party Song”), late night romps in the hay (“Why We Call Each Other”) and wishing a girl was beer (“I Wish You Were Beer”).
Lynch’s goal for Current Mood was to continue to stretch himself as an artist. While he accomplishes exactly this on the record, he may have stretched himself too thin. The overproduction on some tracks proves distracting and, as a result, loses the storyline and the listener on the song. In a genre with a foundation for storytelling this is unfortunate. More heartfelt ballads like “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone” could have solved this problem and given what’s an already compelling album more depth.
Reviewed by Annie Reuter for soundslikenashville.com.