Browsing articles tagged with " Review"
Feb
24

Album Review – James McMurtry’s “Complicated Game”

February 24, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  14 Comments

As a quality, not quantity kind of songwriter, James McMurtry, waiting six years to release this newest album Complicated Game, made it well worth the aching wait. McMurtry has been quoted as saying he hates writing new material, but listeners are no wiser once they behold these 12 finely-tuned works of songwriting eloquence.

Feb
20

Album Review – The Mavericks’ “Mono”

February 20, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  10 Comments

Listening to the first song from the album “All Night Long,” you might be mistaken that Mono starts off right where In Time ends, but in reality if there’s any one most dominant influence on the new effort it would be Jamaican ska. The style that emphasizes the two and four of the beat is called upon in multiple tracks during ‘Mono.’ But this isn’t a ska album, or a Latin album. It’s a Mavericks album.

Feb
17

Album Review – Aaron Watson’s “The Underdog”

February 17, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  48 Comments

Who would have thought a few years ago that in 2015, Aaron Watson, Aaron Watson, would be releasing one of the most-anticipated, and potentially most impactful albums in all of 2015 in country music? Oh it’s not that Watson hasn’t been setting country music fans in Texas, Oklahoma, and on the rodeo circuit ablaze for many years.

Feb
12

Review – Blackberry Smoke’s “Holding All The Roses”

February 12, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  45 Comments

Blackberry Smoke comes rip rearing out of Atlanta, GA with their asses on fire, delivering this power packed, rockin’, country-fried brand new offering called ‘Holding All The Roses’ that doesn’t let up, doesn’t give in, and keeps spitting out flavorful hooks, delicious riffs, and infectious grooves one after another, all adding up to one hell of a good time worthy of immediate repeat.

Jan
21

Album Review – Ryan Bingham’s “Fear & Saturday Night”

January 21, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  26 Comments

Fear and Saturday Night might be Bingham’s best album yet. This is an album of all peaks and no valleys. As the perfect experience for the classic rock buff hiding in every country and Americana fan, Bingham scrapes the grime off the sweaty denim of 70’s Stones and douses it with a little Dylan poetry set to grooves left in the residue of a Faces studio session and articulated with riffs that awaken the spirit of a freer time.

Jan
20

Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” Wastes The Time of Country Listeners

January 20, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  77 Comments

Why in the world as the proprietor of a country music outlet am I being tasked once again to talk about this guy? I know what some of you are going to say. “Well Trig, just ignore him!” As if I close my eyes and pretend he’s not there he will magically go away. I only wish. But instead Sam Hunt is not only very much real and in the flesh, and firmly ensconced now as a mainstream country music performer.

Jan
18

Album Review – Cody Jinks “Adobe Sessions”

January 18, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  26 Comments

Looking like a hippy, writing like an Outlaw, sounding like a Texas country stalwart, and touring like there’s no tomorrow, the name Cody Jinks belongs smack dab in the mix when you’re speculating on who is the best and the brightest in the current crop of insurgent country songwriters. “Adobe Sessions” is a really solid album, and one that some are saying marks an early entry for Album of the Year.

Jan
15

Album Review – Justin Townes Earle’s “Absent Fathers”

January 15, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  26 Comments

See, this is why we’re fans of music. Because there’s something about the perseverance of the human spirit wrapped in every single piece of audio material, and every single album, regardless of how good it is. We have artists that we follow, that we’re fans of, not just because they do things that seem esoteric, but because they’re human and apt to fail.

Jan
12

Song Review – Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown”

January 12, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  36 Comments

What gives Zac Brown Band a lot more creative latitude with their music is the fact that they’re honest about not really being country. We’re all music fans first, and then our loyalties split down the lines of various genres. If only more artists were honest about their intentions, it would give us the opportunity to enjoy the music more. Zac Brown Band is a Southern rock band…

Jan
9

Song Review – Reba McEntire’s “Going Out Like That”

January 9, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  26 Comments

“Going Out Like That” is not just another single. It symbolizes the very first song from the NASH Icon enterprise pairing Big Machine Records with Cumulus Media in an effort to revitalize overlooked legacy artists, and the first single from Reba McEntire in nearly four years. As the precursor to a planned 2015 album release, the single also may give us a glimpse into what we can expect from a revamped Reba.

Jan
3

Album Review – Roger Alan Wade’s “Bad News Knockin'”

January 3, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  37 Comments

Once again Roger Alan Wade makes his case for being one of the most criminally-underrated songwriters of our generation, releasing his newest album Bad News Knockin’ right before the end of 2014 through Johnny Knoxville Records, and rocketing himself near the top for the most notable songwriting efforts for all of last year.

Dec
23

Single Review – Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon”

December 23, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  77 Comments

If you’re looking for the female equivalent to Bro-Country songs, i.e. something featuring lower brow formulaic songwriting, however less frequently they may find their way onto your radio, the proper comparison would be the “attitude song.” That’s what Miranda Lambert calls it. Miranda Lambert’s latest attitude song is called “Little Red Wagon,” and it has been announced as her latest single.

Dec
13

Album Review – Cody Johnson’s “Cowboy Like Me”

December 13, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  98 Comments

I’ve received more requests to comment on Cody Johnson’s music in 2014 than any other artist. Meanwhile my status of staying mum on him has caused some to question whether I actually care about country music, others to question the legitimacy of of flying the “Saving Country Music” banner, and still others have come out saying point blank Saving Country Music must be a fraud for not discussing the Texas singer.

Dec
7

Review – Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie’s “December Day”

December 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  11 Comments

Yes, if you thought Willie Nelson already released an album this year, you would be correct. But Willie was not done in 2014, and released Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1 December Day on 12/2. This is not a Christmas album as some may assume from the timing and title (and others have purchased believing it to be according to a couple of emails I’ve received).

Nov
29

“The Ballad of Shovels & Rope” Chronicles the Band’s Unlikely Rise

November 29, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  6 Comments

Shovels & Rope and the filmmakers put the cart before the horse, but in this instance it paid off in a brilliant and inspiring film. The Moving Picture Boys didn’t have the daunting task that most documentary makers face in attempting to tell a compelling story about an unknown or mundane subject. The story was telling itself in a way no script could ever facilitate.

Nov
25

Song Review – “Mom” by Garth Brooks

November 25, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  89 Comments

The problem with “Mom” is it has that mawkish, signature-Garth over-sentimentality that just makes you want to vomit. Are the words themselves terrible? No. But the lyrical payoff’s potency is good for about one pass of the song, if you can’t see the “Mom” hook coming from a mile away, which most listeners will. Today we’re too gripped with irony and sarcasm to let something so sappy and direct resonate widely.

Nov
15

Tami Neilson Positively Dazzles with New “Dynamite!” Album

November 15, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  35 Comments

Alright, before we get too deep into this matter, just understand that you’re going to want to be purchasing this album. It’s my job to sit here and gab at you for a while about it and explain why, and I’m flattered that you would entertain this notion and read the proceeding words. But you pretty much just need to get this album and thank me later.

Nov
12

Album Review – Garth Brooks’ “Man Against Machine”

November 12, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  52 Comments

The truth is, Garth was never going to live up to the lofty expectations many were foisting upon his re-entry into the country fold. Forget the naysayers who still can’t get over his high wire act at Texas Stadium or the Chris Gaines gimmick, there was some thought that Garth may be the only one left with the star power to reignite the spark of true country music in the mainstream once again.

Nov
9

No Really, Sam Hunt’s “Montevallo” is NOT Country

November 9, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  82 Comments

In a nutshell, Sam Hunt and Montevallo are not country, and this goes beyond opinion. So what that a couple of songs feature a banjo or a steel guitar. This arguably makes the offense even worse because it proves they know they’re trying to put one over on consumers. For every element someone presents to claim this album is country, I can present fifteen that prove it patently isn’t.

Nov
8

Review – Adam Hood’s “Welcome to the Big World”

November 8, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  16 Comments

Adam Hood is not a native of Texas or Oklahoma, but he is an honorary member of the Texas country scene if there ever was one. And now that he’s officially called Frank Liddel’s Carnival Records quits, he’s back releasing his music independently and calling his own shots. Only appropriate then that he would release an album that is strikingly personal in a very palpable and meaningful manner.

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