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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.