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Cole Swindell
Warner Music Nashville
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Album Spotlight: Cole Swindell, ‘Cole Swindell’

Cole Swindell set out to make a well-rounded album that tells his story, and he succeeded. The 12 tracks on ‘Cole Swindell’ tread along familiar country themes, but don’t run ruts into any one in particular. It’s surprisingly easy to find yourself halfway through the album a second time without noticing.

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Eric Church
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Album Spotlight: Eric Church ‘The Outsiders’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

There may not be another 'Springsteen' on Eric Church's new album 'The Outsiders,' but one of the best tracks from the eclectic, aggressive, 12-song project shares a title with the something the Boss is known for.

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Frankie Ballard
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Album Spotlight: Frankie Ballard, ‘Sunshine & Whiskey’

Frankie Ballard is a man of his influences. His new album ‘Sunshine & Whiskey’ is distinctively midwestern, from the blue-collar themes and the gravel in his bluesy delivery, to the artists he’ll be compared to.

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Eric Paslay
UMG Nashville
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Album Spotlight: Eric Paslay, ‘Eric Paslay’

Eric Paslay’s self-titled debut album is a songwriter’s album, but that doesn’t mean the redheaded singer sounds out of place fronting a full, ultra-modern production. Paslay dabbles with several different styles during the 11 tracks on ‘Eric Paslay.’

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Jennifer Nettles
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Album Spotlight: Jennifer Nettles, ‘That Girl’

Jennifer Nettles' new solo album is a round peg too big for country music’s square hole. Actually, ‘That Girl’ is sort of a zig-zaggy shaped object that doesn’t fit neatly within any genre’s stingy requirements. Jazz, blues, country, big band, Broadway, classic rock … Nettles dabbles.

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Jon Pardi
UMG Nashville
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Album Spotlight: Jon Pardi, ‘Write You a Song’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Jon Pardi’s debut album ‘Write You a Song’ employs no tricks, gimmicks or novelties to sell a straight-forward brand of country music. The best songs are rowdy, Bakersfield-influenced jams that introduce the California-raised singer as someone whose tour you'll want to follow closely in 2014. Even the love songs come with a sharp edge, something that defines him as an artist.

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Krystal Keith
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Album Spotlight: Krystal Keith, ‘Whiskey and Lace’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

A strong voice, proclivity for leaning into life's edges and good decision-making make Krystal Keith's debut album a unique experience in 2013. She's a multi-dimensional female artist, and on 'Whiskey and Lace,' she's able to show all she can do while keeping cohesion.

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Parmalee
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Album Spotlight: Parmalee, ‘Feels Like Carolina’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Parmalee do what they do best on more than half the songs on 'Feel Like Carolina.' This group of reformed rockers compel you to buy a ticket to their live show with songs like 'I'll Bring the Music,' Dance' and especially 'Move.'

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Jake Owen
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Album Spotlight: Jake Owen, ‘Days of Gold’

Only one song on 'Days of Gold,' Jake Owen's fourth studio album, matches the energy of the red-hot title track. There's variety to be found on this long-anticipated release, but the themes Owen explores are the same as those he's covered on previous albums.

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Danielle Bradbery
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Album Spotlight: Danielle Bradbery, ‘Danielle Bradbery’

Danielle Bradbery's self-titled debut album is packed with innocent love songs aimed at a younger audience. The collection doesn't offer many surprises -- instead, the Texas teen does what she does best. Her most dedicated fans will be delighted by this debut.

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