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Tyler Farr
BNA Records
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Album Spotlight: Tyler Farr, ‘Redneck Crazy’

Tyler Farr's first three singles are a fair representation of his debut album 'Redneck Crazy.' There's a little pain, a little heart and a little cray-cray. The singer relies on his unique voice, but nothing about the project feels self-indulgent.

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Alan Jackson
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Album Spotlight: Alan Jackson, ‘The Bluegrass Album’

If you ask him, Alan Jackson will tell you that 'The Bluegrass Album' is long overdue, but fans will find the collection to be not too much different than the music he's known for making of late. The singer's naturally slow-paced storytelling style is highlighted on a project that provides his team of talented pickers plenty of room to fiddle about. It's an intimate album, with Jackson even talking directly to his fans at one point.

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Billy Currington
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Album Spotlight: Billy Currington, ‘We Are Tonight’

Billy Currington adds a pinch of rock, two tablespoons of R&B and a heavy dose of soul to his new 'We Are Tonight' album. The result is a project that tastes different, but remains true to a sound he's cultivated over the last decade.

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Justin Moore
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Album Spotlight: Justin Moore, ‘Off the Beaten Path’

The songwriting is sharper and Justin Moore's focus more clear on his new album 'Off the Beaten Path.' It's an album that will definitively brand the 'Point at You' singer as a traditionalist, but that's not to say he plays it entirely safe. 

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Chris Young
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Album Spotlight: Chris Young, ‘A.M.’

For all the talk of a rowdier set of songs, Chris Young's 'A.M.' is still built upon concepts introduced during 'Neon' and 'The Man I Want to Be.' The guitars get a workout on 'Aw Naw' and one or two others, but no one is going to call Young country's next rocker.

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Keith Urban
EMI Nashville
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Album Spotlight: Keith Urban, ‘Fuse’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

'Fuse' is a fine title for Keith Urban's seventh studio album, but 'Short Fuse' might be even better. There's very little to burn before one gets to the heart of this explosion of energy set to a modern country beat. The collection of 13 songs is the singer's least traditional offering to date, but few will complain about that.

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Sheryl Crow
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Album Spotlight: Sheryl Crow, ‘Feels Like Home’

Sheryl Crow didn't need to change much to fit in with Nashville's top female vocalists, and on the best songs from her 'Feels Like Home' album, she didn't. An easy (no pun intended), direct delivery serves the "newcomer" well.

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Charlie Worsham
Warner Music Nashville
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Album Spotlight: Charlie Worsham, ‘Rubberband’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Charlie Worsham's debut album is about as splashy as a summer drought -- but that's not his style. The Mississippi-born instrumentalist puts his schooling to work on 'Rubberband,' an album that will compete for the best debut effort of 2013.

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Luke Bryan
Capitol Nashville
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Luke Bryan, ‘Crash My Party’ – Album Review

Luke Bryan plays it safe on 'Crash My Party,' his new album and the follow-up to the tremendously successful 'Tailgates and Tanlines.' With the exception of the infusion of hip-hop on two songs, there is little to differentiate the two projects.

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Vince Gill Paul Franklin
MCA Nashville
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Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, ‘Bakersfield’ – Album Review

It's almost unfair to call 'Bakersfield' a Vince Gill and Paul Franklin album, because there are so many other skilled musicians who add an important solo, fill or backbeat to the 10-song project. Often when so much talent fills a room, egos bump like elephants at feeding time. But there's space for everyone on this project.

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