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Maddie and Tae
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Maddie & Tae, ‘Start Here’

On Start Here, the colorful, dynamic debut album from country duo Maddie & Tae, the two best friends are at their best when they’re stirring up trouble. Fans who fell in love with “Girl In a Country Song” will find plenty more to adore between imaginative ballads of love and heartache.

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Kip Moore
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Kip Moore, ‘Wild Ones’

Kip Moore’s Wild Ones is a commanding album. Its light on hooks and many songs aim for a higher common denominator. Listening to his second studio album is an investment, but it’s one that will pay off for most.

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Pat Green
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Album Spotlight: Pat Green, ‘Home’

Pat Green's new album Home begins with a strong statement. It's not quite an apology, but the title track is definitely meant for the longtime fans who've been waiting years for this Texan to release new, original music.

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan, ‘Kill the Lights’: Everything You Need to Know

2015 is the year for new music from Luke Bryan. The singer released Kill the Lights on Friday,  Aug. 7, and has finally announced the track list and songwriters for his fifth studio album. Taste of Country went digging to find everything there is to find out about the project.

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Ashley Monroe
Warner Music Nashville
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Ashley Monroe, ‘The Blade’

Heard earlier this year during a promotional event for Ashley Monroe’s new album The Blade: “I f-in’ hate people who don’t love Ashley Monroe.”

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Album Spotlight: Alan Jackson, ‘Angels and Alcohol’

Alan Jackson is set to return to what he does best with the upcoming release of his 15th studio album, Angels and Alcohol.

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Canaan Smith
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Canaan Smith, ‘Bronco’

Canaan Smith’s debut album may be the most surprising release of 2015. He shows more confidence and diversity on Bronco than he has on anything released to radio. It’s an album that takes a moment to find a lane, but when it does, he drives it hard.

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Kacey Musgraves
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Album Spotlight: Kacey Musgraves, ‘Pageant Material’

Fans searching for sharp, stabbing statements from Kacey Musgraves on Pageant Material will miss the sweet, sweet tones and sentiments that are at the heart of her second studio album. With exceptions, gone is the small-town malaise, replaced by the kind of songs a girl in love writes and records.

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A Thousand Horses
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Album Spotlight: A Thousand Horses, ‘Southernality’

A Thousand Horses' Southernaity comes as advertised. It's a hairy, rock-driven, country-blues project that will recall bands like the Black Crowes.

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Gloriana
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Album Spotlight: Gloriana, ‘Three’

Gloriana's third album Three adds 12 songs to a sound the trio has spent the better part of a decade fine-tuning. The production is a little edgier, but any of the tracks from the project could easily have come from Gloriana or A Thousand Miles Left Behind sessions.

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