McGraw/Hill are second to Swift
Monday, November 27, 2017
– Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be second on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it is released tomorrow with their first collaborative CD, "The Rest of Our Life."
The CD moved 104,000 units with 98,000 being traditional album sales. The numbers were helped by a concert ticket/album bundle promotion. Hill and McGraw will lead the Top Country Albums chart.
Garth Brooks was fourth with "The Anthology: Part I," combining five CDs, mainly with different versions of recorded songs, along with a book about the first five years of his recording career. The set moved 53,000 units.
Taylor Swift tops the charts with "Reputation," which had 256,000 equivalent album units for the week ending Nov 23.
The Rest of Our Lives
The first full album from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill is an inspired effort, even though some of its songwriters may surprise you. The title cut, for instance, features pop ginger Ed Sheeran on its credits, while Meghan Trainor contributed to "Roll the Dice." With that said, though, there's some mighty fine country instrumental elements on the propulsive "Telluride." In fact, this first Hill studio album in a long time, is also the most country she's sounded in quite a while. »»»
Damn Country Music
Tim McGraw said of his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," "It's is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) "when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams."
Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades, and he honors the genre's tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The flute and skillful acoustic picking on the opener "Here Tonight" bring a Mark Knopfler tune immediately to mind. »»»
Sundown Heaven Town
The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. »»»