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Chris Young
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Album Spotlight: Chris Young, ‘I’m Comin’ Over’

Chris Young's storytelling stands tall on his fifth studio album, I’m Comin’ Over. Young sticks with stories of love and love lost (mostly), and turns in some of his most revealing and personal songs to date.

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Old Dominion
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Album Spotlight: Old Dominion, ‘Meat and Candy’

Old Dominion’s Meat and Candy album is packed full of hooky, R&B-inspired country songs about love hard and soft. The best songs are bite-sized, sugar-coated ear worms that spin familiar themes in a fresh way.

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Tim McGraw
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Album Spotlight: Tim McGraw, ‘Damn Country Music’

Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music album re-introduces the singer's love for stone-cold country classics.

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Eric Church
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Eric Church, ‘Mr. Misunderstood': Everything You Need to Know

Surprise! Eric Church has a new album called Mr. Misunderstood at iTunes today.

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Carrie Underwood
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Carrie Underwood, ‘Storyteller’

Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller is an album in two acts. The first six songs are edgy and smokey, or as she puts it … “dirty.” The remaining seven are tender and deeply personal.

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Toby Keith
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Album Spotlight: Toby Keith, ’35 MPH Town’

With the title-track and “Drunk Americans” already at radio, there are few surprises on Toby Keith’s 35 MPH Town album. This isn’t a bad thing. Keith’s mix of stinging heartbreak songs and rowdy bar-rockers is as reliable as high tide.

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George Strait
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Album Spotlight: George Strait, ‘Cold Beer Conversation’

George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation album presents a drastic dichotomy, often on back-to-back songs. Much of the King’s new album is laid back or amped up for a party, while a few songs are best considered over red wine instead of whiskey.

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Thomas Rhett
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Thomas Rhett, ‘Tangled Up’

Thomas Rhett makes no apologies for Tangled Up, a collection of 13, very modern, very funky country cuts infectious enough to cause an epidemic. The first five songs are a shot from a cannon. Most will make it to No. 6 (the very middle-of-the-road “Like It’s the Last Time”), but some won’t be down with the outward displays of rump-shaking encouraged on “South Side.”

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Brett Eldredge
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Album Spotlight: Brett Eldredge, ‘Illinois’

Brett Eldredge’s Illinois album is a dynamic collection of styles and sounds centered around a smaller collection of themes. “Lose My Mind” is representative of the remaining 11 songs. There’s a lot of loss, and a lot of love on the singer’s sophomore effort.

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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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