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Archived Since:April 1, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Single Review: Joe Nichols, “Yeah”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Harlan Howard, when asked once about his Judds classic, that "Why Not Me" was a weak title, so he had to repeat it over and over again to make it work.

Single Review: Eli Young Band, “Dust”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

"Dust" tells the story of an interesting woman who is leaving her past behind her in the...dust.

Single Review: Tim McGraw, “Lookin’ for that Girl”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

It's hard for me to not like a song that uses "Funky Cold Medina" and "Strawberry Wine" as adjectives before the first verse is over.

Single Review: Blake Shelton, “Doin’ What She Likes”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

There's a point early on where you hear Blake Shelton end a line with the word "fajitas," and you just know the next line will end with "margaritas."

Single Review: Lady Antebellum, “Compass”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

A lot of country music lovers want to claim Mumford & Sons and Philip Phillips as their own. There's a joy, a rootsiness, and killer musicianship in the best records of those acts, despite them not being what we'd traditionally consider country artists. Show More Summary

Single Review: Jon Pardi, “Up all Night”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Stop me if you've heard this one. It's been a long week, girl. It's time to let loose. Let's get together everything we need, and take a dirt road out into the country. Don't forget your flip-flops, and don't worry, we're going to be all alone. Hope there's a great song on the radio. Maybe a nice sunset, too.

Single Review: Cole Swindell, “Chillin’ It”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Here's the dilemma. Cole Swindell has turned in an excellent record by many measurable standards. It's well-paced, he's got some charisma behind the mic, it's identifiably country, and intelligently structured. Any song these days that has a clear beginning, middle, and end, and also manages to get it all done in under four minutes, feels like manna from heaven.

Single Review: Keith Urban, “Cop Car”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

One hallmark of a great singer is the ability to suspend the listener's disbelief. The storyline of "Cop Car" is very far-fetched, one of those Nashville compositions that takes fantastical lengths to try and tell the story of a young couple falling in love. Show More Summary

Single Review: David Nail, “Whatever She’s Got”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Is "Whatever She's Got" really just David Nail doing whatever he's got to do to stay in the game? Nail is one of the most distinctive and substantive new voices to emerge in recent years, especially among the crop of younger male artists. Show More Summary

Single Review: Jason Aldean, “When She Says Baby”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

When Jason Aldean wraps his voice around compelling material, the results are magical. But more often than not, Aldean is delivering mediocre material. "When She Says Baby" is a great example of how he can take a pedestrian, paint-by-numbers song and make it a little more interesting.

Single Review: Brad Paisley, “The Mona Lisa”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Now this is how you write a love song! Brad Paisley's had a lot of hit love songs over the years, many of which I've found irritating because they are either blithely condescending ("To the world, you're nothing, but to me, you're the world!") or downright insulting ("I love the little moments where you do something stupid!")

Single Review: Eric Paslay, “Friday Night”

11 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

A breakthrough single that's as notable for what it isn't as for what it is. "Friday Night" is nothing special in terms of lyrical content, and while Paslay is a competent singer, there's nothing on the track that indicates he's the next Keith Urban, or even the next Blake Shelton. Show More Summary

Country Universe’s Best Singles of 2013, Part Two: #20-#1

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

If this year's singles list leaves you with a familiar feeling, it's not your imagination. For the first time in Country Universe history, an artist has topped the year end list for two years in a row, and there are plenty of repeat appearances from CU favorites. Show More Summary

Single Review: Jamie Lynn Spears, “How Could I Want More”

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

So… this is coming from pop idol Britney Spears’ 22-year-old younger sister who starred in a teen sitcom on Nickelodeon, and who became a tabloid favorite thanks to a controversial teen pregnancy. By all immediate expectations, her debut country single should be a disaster, and I should be making a stale pun out of the song’s title, right?

Country Universe’s Best Albums of 2013, Part Two: #20-#1

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

2013 turned out to be a banner year for new music, full of powerful songwriting, inspired collaborations, and truly cohesive albums that would rank among the best releases in any given year. Many of this year's top twenty would've ranked...Show More Summary

Country Universe’s Best Albums of 2013, Part One: #40-#21

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

For the second year, Country Universe is publishing a 40-deep list of the year's best albums. Part One includes releases from talented newcomers, genre legends, and quite a few entries from the outskirts of country music. As usual, that's...Show More Summary

Country Universe’s Best Singles of 2013, Part One: #40-#21

12 months agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

For the second year in a row, our seven writers – Kevin Coyne, Leeann Ward, Dan Milliken, Tara Seetharam, Ben Foster, Jonathan Keefe, and Sam Gazdziak – individually listed our twenty favorite albums and singles of the year. It's a diverse...Show More Summary

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