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“Number One Hits does serve up all the high points from McGraw’s career, and hints at his range, making this the best overview of his work yet assembled.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Highlights include British vocal powerhouse Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), dubstep newcomer Skrillex (“Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”), bearded hard rockers Foo Fighters (“Walk”), country-pop giants Taylor Swift (“Siren”) and Lady Antebellum (“Just a Kiss”), indie folk hitmakers Bon Iver (“Holocene”) and Mumford & Sons (“The Cave”), and stadium rock veterans Coldplay (“Paradise”).” –All Music [...]

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“Vince Gill received one of the greatest gifts of his professional life when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. One listen to Guitar Slinger, his first record in five years, makes it easy to comprehend why: he has carried the genre forward to embrace the rest of popular music [...]

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“Like prime Parton, the 12 songs here remain unfailingly upbeat while Lindi warbles about often woefully downbeat subjects, usually involving her love-life…keepers of country’s tragi-comic flame will clasp Lindi firmly to their bosoms.” –BBC Music Check Our Catalog

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“Miranda Lambert struck gold with her third album, Revolution, which sent two songs to the top of the country charts. Four the Record looks to continue her winning streak, mixing sassy country-pop with a handful of rustic, bluegrass-influenced songs.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Sometime around 2005 Sara Evans took a turn toward the dark. [On "Stronger"] It’s made even more pungent by Ms. Evans’s singing, which is as sweet as it comes. Her voice is even keeled, not rough at the edges or squeezed tight in order to hit big notes. Every syllable sounds calm and considered…as her [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Any song that evokes laughter, tears, and soul-searching can be considered a success. Lori McKenna has been successful for a long time, but her latest release, Lorraine, out today, is a real high-water mark for the Stoughton singer-songwriter, featuring 13 perfectly crafted gems of observational insight.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “He’s anchored in the breezy, beachside frat-country that’s been in vogue ever since Kenny Chesney’s Jimmy Buffett tribute took the world by storm at the turn of the millennium. One of the best mainstream country-pop records of 2010: tuneful, hooky, friendly, funny, and bright, the kind of album made for long, hot, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Reba McEntire has scored more hits than any country female in history, having passed Dolly Parton two years ago. She has conquered it all from the Opry to Broadway, but she’s not ready to chill on the back porch just yet. This is her 34th studio disc and one of her best [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Get Closer may be 34 minutes long, but it uses its time wisely…some of Urban’s sharpest open-highway tunes and bedroom ballads.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Jamey Johnson’s music is hard, like a metal slide on a pedal steel guitar; it’s real, like the kernel of truth within the tall tales swapped by studio musicians after much Jack Daniel’s has been consumed. It’s a consummate blend of artifice and self-revelation, an intricately crafted container for elemental stuff – [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This is Lynne the poet, unflinchingly honest, reflecting, balancing the wide-open joy in performances of standards, from the retro swing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the seasonally and romantically teemed “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas,” which make the case that the holiday is not necessarily a joyous one for some. As [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Whether backed by simple guitar or a full-band ramble, Bingham’s intricately detailed portraits of the wayward and lost are some of the best short stories you’ll hear all year.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “It’s full of shoot-from-the-hip cleverness, whether it’s the screenplay-ready gunslinger’s tale of the title track or the down-and-out character-lovelorn and a Chicago Cubs fan…Keith and his cohorts do all this with such offhanded dexterity that it’s easy to overlook the craft of it all.” –Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “The country rock quartet outdoes itself on its fourth album by tapping in to its strengths — spine-tingling harmonies, offbeat arrangements, the melding of the classic and contemporary. It makes you laugh, cry, hoot, holler, and breaks your heart.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “More than ever, the singer sounds like part of the old guard, willfully ignoring anything modern or rocking, preferring to sing swaying ballads and pay tribute to Vern Gosdin via a cover of “Till the End.” Certainly, there’s a fair share of charm to Jackson’s cozy confidence…it’s the sound of a major [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The songs on Love are unified in their views of love and show a different side of the party-girl image that Messina gave off in the first part of the decade. The songs are mature and of a piece; they look at the redemptive power of love in all its facets. Messina’s [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Showcases the group’s ability to combine its own contemporary country sound and folk-rock flair with a familiar formula, making it a refreshing addition to the ever-expanding country genre.”–Billboard.com

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Check Our Catalog “Wilson claims this is the first female Southern rock album. She may be right. I Got Your Country Right Here proves two things: that it rocks nearly as hard as her live shows and that she is not an industry-constructed image — she’s exactly who she’s portrayed herself to be all along.”–All [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Brad Paisley’s Playlist collection focuses on several of the singer’s chart entries recorded between 1999 and 2002. Among the 14 tracks are “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “We Danced,” “Two People Fell in Love,” and “Wrapped Around.””–All Music Guide

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