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ToC Critic’s Pick: Lindsay Ell, ‘The Project’

The Project is an essential album for fans who like their brand of country music black and blue. Lindsay Ell's long-time-coming debut album is genre-less a la Sheryl Crow or Bonnie Raitt.

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Album Spotlight: Brett Eldredge, ‘Brett Eldredge’

Brett Eldredge reveals a fragile heart on his new self-titled album, a project made of 11 love and love-lost songs and one ballad about his brother.

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Album Spotlight: Joe Nichols, ‘Never Gets Old’

Joe Nichols pragmatic but still optimistic view of life and love is what makes his latest studio album Never Gets Old so charming.

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Album Spotlight: Sara Evans, ‘Words’

Sara Evans is swinging for the fences on her new album, Words.

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Album Spotlight: Lady Antebellum, ‘Heart Break’

When most bands say they're "taking a break," we all know what it means. Usually that pause becomes permanent, and if they do reunite, we can sense a loss of focus. That was not the case for Lady Antebellum.

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Album Spotlight: A Thousand Horses, ‘Bridges’

A Thousand Horses' new Bridges album is a more mainstreamed, radio-ready project than their debut album Southernality. The sound and focus are tighter for the "Smoke" hitmakers.

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Album Spotlight: Rascal Flatts, ‘Back to Us’

Rascal Flatts call Back to Us a return to their roots, but sonically their newest studio album is quite progressive. They're not as experimental, but nothing about the songs screams early 2000s radio.

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Album Spotlight: Zac Brown Band, ‘Welcome Home’

Zac Brown Band's greatest risk to date may be Welcome Home, an intensely personal, vocal-heavy country album, served organically.

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Stapleton Album Review
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Chris Stapleton, ‘From A Room Vol. 1′

Chris Stapleton delivers everything you expected on his new album From A Room Volume 1. He's a postman, dropping notes of blues, soul, pain and sorrow into your mailbox. This is a moody, nine-song album that reinforces all we know.

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Album Spotlight: Trace Adkins, ‘Something’s Going On’

After four long years, Trace Adkins finally made his return to the studio for his 12th album, Something’s Going On.

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