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Album Spotlight: Hunter Hayes, ‘Storyline’
The beauty of Hunter Hayes’ new ‘Storyline’ album is in what it’s lacking. There’s few if any lyrical hooks to find yourself tweezing out days later. The production is appropriate, and at times heavy. But the arrangements are never protecting a weak lyric or uninsp…
Album Spotlight: Krystal Keith, 'Whiskey and Lace'
A strong voice, proclivity for leaning into life's edges and good decision-making make Krystal Keith's debut album a unique experience in 2013. She's a multi-dimensional female artist, and on 'Whiskey and Lace,' she's able to show all she can do while keeping cohesion.
Album Spotlight: Joe Nichols, 'Crickets'
'Crickets' is a fine way to describe Joe Nichols' new album. The singer aims for a relax-on-the-riverbank vibe with many of the mid-tempo cuts on this project. The album begins and ends with crickets ( literally), and in between it offers a fairly level ride.
Charlie Worsham, 'Rubberband' - Album Review
Charlie Worsham's debut album is about as splashy as a summer drought -- but that's not his style. The Mississippi-born instrumentalist puts his schooling to work on 'Rubberband,' an album that will compete for the best debut effort of 2013.
Luke Bryan, 'Crash My Party' - Album Review
Luke Bryan plays it safe on 'Crash My Party,' his new album and the follow-up to the tremendously successful 'Tailgates and Tanlines.' With the exception of the infusion of hip-hop on two songs, there is little to differentiate the two projects.

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