Tyler Farr’s Redneck Crazy – Single Review

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   I have to admit that before I heard this song, having only read the title, I assumed it would be YET another rocking party song. I was completely wrong. Instead, Redneck Crazy is actually a song about heartbreak.

    Tyler Farr has a unique, gritty/raspy voice. Signed with Columbia Nashville, Tyler is definitely one of the most promising “new-comers” in Country Music. His voice, with its thick Missouri accent, is pure country. Tyler brings both power and emotion to his latest single. Redneck Crazy tells a tale about a crazy ex in a heartbreaking country song. The theme is often one typically done by a woman. Tyler Farr sings the song from a male’s point of view, giving us fresh take on an old idea.

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Luke Bryan ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ – Single Review & RANT ALERT

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Oh Luke. Why.

If this is the first criticism of Luke’s new musical
direction you’ve heard, then you haven’t been particularly observant. Plenty of
those on social media are up in arms about ‘That’s My Kind of Night’, and with
good reason; Luke’s gradual selling out to the height of the mainstream and
every trend that passes through it is something that has troubled many a Luke
fan, including myself. Not that I’d really count myself as much of a fan these
days.

The most common criticism has been of the music’s lack of
substance. ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ is certainly not where Luke’s musical substance
demise began, but it’s definitely where it came to a head. For the country fans
who lap up every tailgate, cut-off jeans, tanned legs, ice cold beer, pick-up
truck, moonshine and random car sex (like is present in this song), well you
probably love this stuff and can’t understand the fuss. “So what?” You say. “This
is what country music is”.

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The Band Perry – ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ – Single Review

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The Band Perry’s new single ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ has a
lot to live up to. Following the success of ‘Better Dig Two’ and recent radio
#1, ‘DONE.’, many people will be expecting big things from the country pop
trio. ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ moves away from the upbeat, rocky, sass-driven
tracks that The Band Perry do so well, and instead opts for a much sweeter
ballad.

It is difficult to say whether the song leans more towards
country or soft rock, as there’s definitely a division between the verse and
chorus, but either way it’s definitely one that grows on you with each listen.
With a chorus that has a hard-hitting drumline and driving electric guitars,
following through with a killer solo just before the bridge, you’d be forgiven
for thinking The Band Perry were trying to turn into a rock band. And you’d
also kind of be right, because it certainly seems like they’re being pushed in
that direction. However, the verses, built upon piano and acoustic guitar
(particularly the first verse), offer something more country and a sound that’s
really pleasant and suits them. In fact, I wish that they’d kept more of the
song in this vein, because it is rather over-powered later on by rock ballad sensibilities.

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Lori McKenna- Massachusetts album review

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    I have to admit that I had no idea who Lori McKenna was until her latest album, Massachusetts, came out. I heard rave reviews on the album and decided to take a listen. I was looking for more traditional country and rootsy music. Fed up with the "Hick-hop" and what not, I was looking for music that got back to the basics. Massachusetts gave me what I was looking for. I listened to this album right through. It has an interesting, folksy sound.

    After I listened to the album, I did some research (which is what I normally do when I discover an artist for the first time). I quickly learned that Lori McKenna is a well-known, established songwriter. She has written for the likes of Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, and Little Big Town. She recently co-wrote Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy" and Little Big Town's "Your Side of the Bed". She obviously has a gift for songwriting, a definite way with words.

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Joe Nichols ‘Sunny and 75’ – Review

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Joe Nichols’ latest single ‘Sunny and 75’ was released back
in May, but it’s really starting to climb its way up the charts now and
deserves review. As a song that gave Joe the biggest country radio add week of
his entire career, it’s clearly one that’s put him back on the map for many
people, and is perhaps introducing him to a whole new generation of listeners
who have only made inroads into country in the past couple of years.

This generation of people is of course those who buy the
beach-themed, frat party songs, and lyrically it’s evident Joe’s team have
attempted to tap into that market, in order to give his sales a bump. Now I,
only with many others I can presume, am not the biggest fans of those types of
songs and lyrics, but thankfully the rest of the song shies away from the
blatant attempts at drawing country away from its roots, and most of the lyrics
don’t dwell too much on this image.

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Jana Kramer ‘I Hope It Rains’ – Video Review

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The first single of Jana’s released to radio to be upbeat
and sassy, ‘I Hope It Rains’ is a solid single that required an equally dynamic
video. This is what they have delivered; it’s certainly nice to see Jana having
a good time in a music video, and her camera technique is very good.

The video for ‘I Hope It Rains’ is built around a line in
the second verse of the song about a white wedding. The storyline shows Jana
infiltrating the wedding venue, wearing the bridal gown (plus sneakers) and
dancing around, then as the video progresses we begin to see a bit of trashing
the place, Taylor Swift/Miranda Lambert-style. Turning the aisle into a slip
slide with her band, taking the figurines off the wedding cake and knocking
over glasses on the tables as she tiptoes along them, this video had all the
makings of a fun revenge fest, but doesn’t quite deliver its full potential.

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Darius Rucker ‘Radio’ – Review

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As is natural with any single following a bonafide hit,
there is pressure on ‘Radio’ to top the huge success of ‘Wagon Wheel’. Designed
to be a standard mainstream summer song, it pretty much delivers on that
account, although no real prizes for originality can be given out on this
occasion. With ‘Radio’, the teen driving/summer love song is given a very
slight variation in focusing on the use of the radio to find and listen to
music where there was no other access. Lines such as “Hey y’all be quiet, that’s
my favorite song” in the bridge add a conversational and situational tone to a
set of lyrics steeped in convention.

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Brandy Clark ‘Stripes’ – Single & Video Review

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Brandy Clark has been one of my favorite new discoveries of
2013. Known for co-writes on tracks like Miranda Lambert’s ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’,
The Band Perry’s ‘Better Dig Two’, and a few on Kacey Musgraves’ debut album
including ‘Follow Your Arrow’, she has been on the crux of stardom for a little
while with her huge wealth of songwriting talent. Recently she has been
stepping into the ring as an artist in her own right, showcasing her impressive
and intriguing vocals. Part conversation-style, part dark, husky, melodic and
soulful, Brandy is a lost gem creating interesting and entertaining music that
is feisty and has something to say.

‘Stripes’ is one such example. Released to iTunes for a
while now, Brandy recently debuted the video on MTV and her star is set to rise
immeasurably if there is any musical justice in the world. The song begins with
the sound of a gunshot and comes in with a 60/70s influence that sets her far
apart from much of country music’s mainstream. However, no country music fan of
any style can deny the infectious nature of the picking pattern and rhythm, and
the haunting feel of the quivering guitar strums that really make the
atmosphere of ‘Stripes’.

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Kellie Pickler ‘Someone Somewhere Tonight’ – Video Review

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While I was a little
critical of the production on this song
, they could not really have done
better with the video. Apart from the slow, smooth movement and pastel colors
complimenting the feel of the ballad exceptionally well, there is a marketing
strategy involved that I’m sure will really boost the sales of this record and
put Kellie’s music back on the country music radar.

Her popularity on Dancing With The Stars makes featuring her
dancing with her partner Derek Hough a no-brainer, as it draws in views and
listens from those who do not know her music but simply enjoyed her dancing on
the show (and I can imagine this is quite a high number of people). It
capitalizes on the post-winning buzz and also makes her identifiable for
channel-hoppers, for example. Then there’s the simple fact that she’s just damn
good at it. It makes for fantastic viewing, and will stand out among country
music videos that mostly depict people getting drunk in trucks and partying. A
music video that actually shows talent and will be awe-inspiring for viewers is
one of the best adverts Kellie could have for this song.

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Why Laura Bell Bundy Will Never Make It In Country Music


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With the recent release of ‘Two Step’, Laura Bell Bundy is
having her second stab at the country music world. But there’s a reason it didn’t
work the first time.

Laura Bell Bundy is a former Broadway star, and thus she is
used to playing characters, in fact is it almost inherent. You might think that
she is therefore ideal for country music, but she is a performer rather than an
authentic storyteller. In other words, she doesn’t sing the truth but instead
plays a part, making her performances decidedly shallow and devoid of meaning.
I don’t believe the sentiments in her music, I don’t feel her pain as if it
were her own, I just feel her acting. It feels like a false persona. Country
fans don’t like that.

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Miranda Lambert ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ Is A Surprise – Single Review

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As a big fan of Miranda Lambert, I’m always eager to hear of
new singles, but each time she surprises me with her (or her label’s) choice. ‘All
Kinds of Kinds’ is not what I would have picked, and I would have expected
commercial soft rock love ballads like ‘Safe’ or ‘Better In The Long Run’,
although personally I’m glad they have been left unreleased. As a fifth single
from her award-winning album ‘Four The Record’, ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ may be
destined to trail off in the charts, and perhaps not be promoted as much as it
should while Miranda focuses on recording the new album.

It’s certainly an interesting choice, that may lay the
ground for Kacey Musgraves to finally release ‘Follow Your Arrow’. Written by Phillip Coleman and Don Henry and championing
the different types of people that inhabit this Earth, Miranda sweetly sings
about cross-dressing congressmen, prescription drug addicts and people covered
in tattoos as nonchalantly as a country singer could. It’s a positive message,
one that opens the album and opens the floodgates for the colourful characters
that inhabit her songs. However, it does prefer to couch its message of equality
in circus imagery and fantasy, rather than direct comparisons with the real
world (for the most part), and she missed a vital opportunity to come out in
support of gay rights, among other things.

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