Reviews

Easton Corbin, ‘All Over the Road’ – Album Review
It's easy to heap praise on Easton Corbin's sophomore album for the same reasons fans and critics enjoyed his self-titled debut. 'All Over the Road' -- available in stores and at digital retailers now --is full of traditional country music that goes down like a spoonful of George…
Faith Hill, ‘American Heart’ – Song Review
Faith Hill has a new album finished, but it seems fans won't get to hear it until a single sticks. 'American Heart' is at least the third new song fans nationwide have heard -- including 'Come Home' and the title track, 'Illusion,' played during the 'CMA Music…
Kenny Chesney, ‘El Cerrito Place’ – Song Review
'El Cerrito Place' is the signature song on Kenny Chesney's new 'Welcome to the Fishbowl' album. Its release as a single makes certain the direction the singer has chosen for his future. Stadium anthems may be yesterday's news, replaced by revealing ballads that can be …
Gloriana, ‘Can’t Shake You’ – Song Review
Gloriana’s new single ‘Can’t Shake You’ takes time to build, but by the second verse, the trio is able to put real hurt into a mid-tempo song about failed love and regret. The second-to-last chorus finds a Gossin brother (Tom, Mike… who ca…
Eli Young Band, ‘Say Goodnight’ – Song Review
Eli Young Band have notched back-to-back No. 1 hits, although it’s not clear how they’re doing it. Nothing about the band is conventional country music. Their new single ‘Say Goodnight’ is similarly moody and understated — almost emo-countr…
Rachel Holder, ‘In Your Arms’ – Song Review
Rachel Holder’s new single ‘In Your Arms’ is a showcase for a singer who’s skilled vocally, but in need of life experience to carry such a majestic and cathartic love ballad. She’ll draw comparisons to Martina McBride and Shania T…
Love and Theft, ‘Love and Theft’ – Album Review
For Love and Theft, it’s addition by subtraction. The loss of a record label and a band member resulted in a project that is tighter and more accessible than anything on the group’s 2009 debut album. The best songs on ‘Love and Theft‘ are those that t…
Brantley Gilbert, ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ – Song Review
It’s difficult to overstate how important ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ is to Brantley Gilbert‘s career and the direction of country music. It’s a line drawn in the red Georgia clay — after two releases that held back — to allow those not previously familiar with the Jefferson-born singer to get acquainte…
Parmalee, ‘Musta Had a Good Time’ – Song Review
Country newcomers Parmalee come from the North Carolina rock scene, and it shows on ‘Musta Had a Good Time,’ their debut single on Stoney Creek Records. The loud and rowdy track relies on a screaming guitar lick and rock n’ roll riffs, which stand out like Maril…

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