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“Love Remains can be appreciated as a soothing bath but also rewards a close listen, a listen that reveals the deep feeling underpinning every track.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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David Nail-Fighter

“…a mature, confident record from a singer who sees no reason to grandstand.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Randy Houser-Fired Up

“If there is any fault in Fired Up, it’s that it’s a little bit too much of a good thing, particularly on its 17-track deluxe edition, but on a track-for-track basis, the record is always appealing.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Keith Urban-Ripcord

“The album’s very title suggests he’s diving into the great wide open and he makes no attempt to disguise the record’s heavy hip-hop and electronic influence.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Jeannie C. Riley: Harper Valley P.T.A.

“The album based on the multimillion-selling title track is a fine recording that goes beyond the obvious attraction to the Tom T. Hall classic.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Hunter Hayes: The 21 Project

“…The 21 Project suggests that no matter what the setting, Hunter Hayes is preternaturally gifted Nashville player who loves the machinations of the Music City as much as he loves the songs themselves.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Old Dominion: Meat and Candy

“Old Dominion is keenly aware of what constitutes contemporary country music in 2015, knowing that the pendulum is slowly swinging away from the swaggering confidence of bro country and toward a softer, sweeter pop that bears pronounced but understated hip-hop inflections.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Tim McGraw: Damn Country Music

“… Damn Country Music, like so many other Tim McGraw albums, makes it seem as simple as breathing.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“Disc one offers a mix of Christmas carols and upbeat country-rockers from the likes of Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, and Little Big Town while disc two leans more heavily on older holiday fare from country icons like Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, and Alabama.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Blake Shelton : Re-loaded: 20 #1 hits

“…not only will this collection appeal to 2010s converts, it is true to who Shelton is in 2015.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Thomas Rhett: Tangled Up

“…Rhett may be a bit of an opportunist, but as his hit ‘Crash and Burn’ indicates, there’s a sly charm to his eager-to-please modern country: he’s a true pop artist, harnessing the trends of his time and turning them into music that’s hard to resist.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Maddie & Tae: Start Here

“The reason Start Here feels fresh lies entirely with Maddie & Tae, how they’re tomboys who wish their boyfriend would just ‘Shut Up and Fish,’ how they feel as genuine when they’re settling into sentiment on ‘Fly’ as they do on ‘Sierra’ when they pray for the downfall of a mean girl.” -Allmusic.com Check our […]

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“At its core, Bringing Back the Sunshine is a middlebrow makeout record that can double as a fine morning tonic. Nothing here rocks (although the closing ‘Just Gettin’ Started’ tries to work up a full head of steam), nothing is gritty, even the ode to a ‘Good Country Song,’ which isn’t a slice of hardcore […]

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Trisha Yearwood: Prizefighter

“Yearwood has had more than ten hits — and she’s also had no fewer than five compilations — but the hits here are well chosen (‘She’s in Love with the Boy,’ ‘How Do I Live,’ ‘Wrong Side of Memphis,’ and ‘The Song Remembers When’ are all here), and the new songs are solid enough to […]

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Garth Brooks: Man Against Machine

“From its beefy arena rock arrangements to its preponderance of power ballads, this is an album constructed from remnants of the golden age of the diamond album, a cross-demographical blockbuster that’s now a bit of accidental narrowcasting. This is for audiences who wish they made country records like they used to — not when Hank, […]

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Florida-Georgia Line: Anything Goes

” Despite the loosey-goosey title, there’s not much left to chance on Anything Goes: it’s designed to consolidate Florida Georgia Line’s success and maybe give them a little bit of cred they never amassed on their debut. Those serious moments, crystallized by the salt-of-the-earth dirgey lead single ‘Dirt,’ are where FGL stumble. Whenever the duo […]

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“The new songs are a nice touch, but the real purpose of this set is to offer casual fans a way to get all of Brooks’ best-known hits in one package, and in that regard The Ultimate Hits not only succeeds, it’s long overdue.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“A quarterback-turned-country songwriter-turned-country star, Sam Hunt never makes apologies for his inherent bro-ness on his 2014 debut Montevallo….Hunt’s ability to fuse his classical construction with modern flair and pass it off as no big thing is what makes his debut something more than just another album from the bro next door.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog […]

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“The third and last of the Pistol Annies to deliver her own solo record, Angaleena Presley operates on a more intimate scale than either Miranda Lambert or Ashley Monroe. Lambert trades on her bravado, Monroe on her savviness, but Presley relies on subtlety on American Middle Class, her long-awaited 2014 solo debut….This is a rich, deceptively relaxed portrait of working-class life in America in 2014 and it will linger […]

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“Tim McGraw is an eccentric centrist who can dodge the headlock of country-radio culture….Per usual, the character studies shine brightest. Proof: ‘Sick of Me,’ a self-loathing take-me-back plea – a reminder that, like Bill Clinton, another great Southern centrist, McGraw is best when he’s feeling your pain.” –Rolling Stone Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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