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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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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
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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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