Swift, Bryan, Montana, Kissel deliver new sounds
Friday, April 9, 2021
– Taylor Swift is going back in time, sort of. Swift is out today with the first of six of her albums that she is planning to re-record, "Fearless (Taylor's Version)." Swift made the decision to release new versions of the albums after a dispute with her former record label, Big Machine Label Group. The new disc contains 26 songs, 19 of which were on the original album. She added her 2010 soundtrack single "Today Was a Fairytale" and six additional from the vault songs that were not included in the 2008 album. Swift also recorded new vocals with new production including herself, Christopher Rowe, Jack Antonoff of fun. and Aaron Dessner from The National.
Luke Bryan is following the route of most of his contemporaries - a deluxe version of "Born Here, Live Here, Die Here." The new version contains six songs that Bryan recorded during the pandemic that were not on the original release, which came out in August 2020 with songs including "Knockin' Boots" and "One Margarita."
Country rocker Tim Montana is out with his first full-length release with the Broken Bow group, "Long Shots." The Montana native blends country with rock electric guitar and influences from the West on the 12 songs. Montana had a hand in writing all of the material.
Canadian star Brett Kissel is out with "What Is Life?" The 18-time Canadian Country Music (CCMA) winner offers a 14-track collection of original material with 10 musical compositions produced by Kissel, Bart McKay and Jesse Frasure, and four short monologues reflecting on the title from Kissel and his children.
If there's one thing Luke Bryan knows how to do, it's to stay in his lane. And why not? It often leads to great chart position. The Deluxe edition of his seventh album "Born Here, Live Here, Die Here" was born out of the pandemic tour stoppage. It includes six new songs and increases the run time to 54 minutes. The original 10 tracks are mostly in the vein of the pop laced chart toppers "One Margarita" and "Knockin' Boots."
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After taking in Luke Bryan's "Born Here Live Here Die Here," the listener will never guess this full length was released during a pandemic. Maybe that's a good thing. After all, we might need a diversion from the international health crisis now and then. The release opens with "Knockin' Boots," which is how modern cowboys describe sexual intercourse. A few songs later, Bryan gives us the drinking song (and single) "One Margarita." In between, "What ...
Luke Bryan aims to please often, and that rarely goes unpunished. The Georgia native has a strong voice, some songwriting skill and even legitimate farming cred. But Bryan still gets pegged as the face of corporate country - that pandering beast packaging artists for mass consumption. The label can be unfair, but not wholly undeserved - Bryan has a long track record, for instance, of records about chasing girls and Bud Lights. In truth, he married his college sweetheart and they share a quiet, ...