Can Morgan Wallen Keep Up His Hot Streak With “One Thing at a Time”?


Ruby Batcheller

Morgan Wallen’s third studio album brings light to the artist’s struggles with sobriety and heartbreak.

Gwen Brown, Staff Reporter

“One Thing At A Time” by Morgan Wallen should be called “One Thing All the Time.” Released on March 3, this 36 song album is one hour and 52 minutes of Wallen complaining endlessly about his struggles with alcoholism and romantic relationships.

There’s no denying there are some good songs on this album but with so many songs it would be impressive if there weren’t any. Country’s current star could’ve done better — quantity does not mean quality. 

After his album from 2021, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the best selling album for the first half of 2021, people were expecting great things from this album. Especially after a few single releases that were gonna be on the album like “Thought You Should Know,” “You Proof,” and “Don’t Think Jesus.” 

“You Proof” was extremely popular, becoming one of Morgan Wallen’s top songs and gave hope that “One Thing At A Time” would follow “Dangerous ” and include more unique songs. Most fans were mistaken though, since the majority of the songs on this album have nothing special or unique about them. 

Almost every song on this album is about how Morgan Wallen can’t have a healthy relationship and loves to drink. That’s not to say the songs are bad, but they definitely aren’t anything to write home about. 

Due to the content of each song’s lyrics this album feels like having one song on repeat for about an hour and a half. If he were to scrap 15 songs on this album it would be phenomenal. 

Despite this album’s drawbacks, there are some wonderful songs throughout the mess that make this album enjoyable to listen to. My personal favorites are as follows.

“Last Night”

As the second song on the album, it starts off strong with just guitar as Wallen introduces the song with a sad tone in his voice. By the second chorus, 808s (an electronic drum pattern from the original Roland TR-808 drum machine) and clicks come in, giving great depth to the sound.

Unsurprisingly, this song is about Wallen going through a breakup and how he thinks she’ll come back to him. To an adult listener, this song is probably relatable in many aspects, but as a teenager, it’s just a good relaxing song.

“One Thing At A Time”

Sharing the name of the album, it lives up to its job as a wonderful song. The super upbeat guitar and drums make it a feel-good jam despite questionable lyrics like: “If you ain’t gonna kiss me, then I’ll take some whiskey.” The very catchy chorus about deciding whether to get sober or forget about a girl gets stuck in your head for days. 

“Ain’t That Some”

There’s nothing like a country bad boy song, and this is sadly the only one on the album. Fast-paced and rough, Wallen talks about how he loves being country and would hate not to be country. It’s a different style than any other song on the album, so you may love it or you may hate it. However, the beat and chorus make it very enjoyable. 


A double entendre in the chorus and some fast-paced verses make this song a good listen. Most people have someone in their life they made a mistake with, and this song portrays the feeling perfectly. It’s just a good listen at any time.

“You Proof”

“You Proof” has a surprising amount of 808s for a country hit about trying to forget about a girl. Wallen’s Tennessee twang makes his rapping on the shorter verses unique and the intense moments memorable. This big hit single has a good place on the album, and its thoughtful lyricism makes it one of the best Wallen’s put out.

“Thought You Should Know”

“Thought You Should Know” is a heartwarming song about how thankful Wallen is for his mom and family. He details how he’s finally making a change for the better in his life — trying to get a more simple life without forgetting his old one. Beautiful guitar work makes this song a memorable one.

Overall, there is not much to say on the album as not much happened in the album. No story is told from one song to the next. I wouldn’t recommend anyone spend two hours of their life listening to a country album, but it’s definitely worth browsing through the songs. 

Individually, most of these songs are good but it gets old hearing the same thing over and over. With time the album may grow on me, but as of now, I don’t think it deserves anything above a strong seven.