Whatever The Road You Choose

Jason Crabb released his album ‘Whatever The Road’ September 18 2015. The album’s name is a sort of statement for Crabb’s current musical ventures. It is a reminder that God will help him down his road through the good and bad and no matter what road he goes down God will be right there beside him helping to guide and protect him for the  better. The album is full of 10 spiritually powerful songs each telling their own magnificent story of God, family, and miracles. The album is a mix between gospel music, bluegrass, and country and it has been fully dedicated to God and his mysteries by the award winning Christian singer.

Jason Douglas Crabb was born March 3, 1977 in Kentucky. Crabb grew up in a religious household and as a teenager joined his parents and 5 of his siblings in the gospel group “The Crabb Family” in 1995. In 2007 The Crabb Family went on a hiatus to pursue individual interests. Two years later in 2009 Jason released his first solo album ‘Jason Crabb’ which won a Grammy for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass album in 2010. Jason Crabb continued doing solo work occasionally collaborating with other gospel artists and reuniting with “The Crabb Family” in 2011 for a tour. Jason Crabb has been nominated for 5 awards for his outstanding voice since 2005 but has only won one of the vocalist awards.

In Jason Crabb’s ‘He Knows What He’s Doing’ Jason sings a beautiful heartfelt hymm to God urging people to have faith in the Lord. Jason’s voice serenades us with messages of hope and faith making any listener feel warm and trust God in all his mysteries.

Jason Crabb is a truly spiritual individual who looks to bring people together in peace, happiness, and faith through his music. Jason Crabb has a decent following of people who love his faith filled messages and stories of hope, kindness and mystery. ‘Whatever The Road’ is a great album for anyone that is or is looking into being in the community of Christ. In songs such as ‘He Knows What He’s Doing’, ‘He Won’t Leave You There’, and ‘It’s A Good Life’ Jason brings people together by mixing relatable situations into his lyrics that everyone can understand and relate to one another with. Jason reminds people that God is out there among people in the small things such as a good Samaritan or a beautiful moment or view in life. This helps to create a sense of community among those who listen to his music and understand their meanings helping people to become more understanding, compassionate, and kind.

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Grand Total: 8

Jason Crabb’s newest album ‘Whatever The Road’ is a fantastic country gospel album that praises God and all his wonder through stories and situations, some very ordinary,in which God can be pointed out. The album is very well written, beautifully orchestrated and magnificently sung by Jason Crabb and because of this it is extremely catchy especially for country, gospel music. The lyrics in each song are each extremely unique and tell different stories and spread powerful messages of hope, faith and love to every listener. The lyrics are made even more powerful by the outstanding vocals that Jason Crabb gifts us with. Jason’s voice is so powerful and fantastic its almost like it is coming down from heaven itself promoting goodness and community between all. Jason Crabb’s ‘Whatever The Road’ album has many fantastic aspects to it that help make it a fantastic album, unfortunately it can get a little boring as most of the song, however upbeat, are still slower more meaningful songs. While the album is playing though it is very fun to sing along to. The upbeat lyrics and messages of hope, and faith can be screamed to the heavens by both yourself and Crabb. This album is all around amazing and well put together with a lot of meaning and many powerful messages of faith. For all these reasons I’ve given Jason Crabb’s ‘Whatever The Road’ a rating of 8.

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Panic! For The Death Of A Bachelor

‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is the most recent album released by Panic! At The Disco. Panic! At The Disco is an American pop punk rock group formed in 2004, their new album ‘Death Of A Bachelor” puts you on a round about of different music styles from jazz and gospel to pop and rock all with a punk style undertone. The album was released January 15 2016 with 11 songs with a promise of more songs coming soon. The album consists of four singles ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘LA Devotee’, and ‘Victorious’. The album is being bashed while also being subtly praised by organizations such as “Rolling Stones” who said “Emo dudes channel Sinatra (really!) with non-awful results.” (Jon Dolan) I believe the poking joke/insult was unneeded as ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ has got a little bit of this and a little bit of that spread out and finely assembled into their own songs that are each uniquely sounding and different from one another.

Panic! At The Disco is an American punk rock band formed in 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Panic! At The Disco was formed by childhood friends Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson, and Brendon Urie while they were still in high school. The bands current lineup includes Brendon Urie on vocals, Dallon Weekes on bass, Kenneth Harris on guitar and Dan Pawlovich on drums. The band first saw success after their debut album ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ in 2005 made popular thanks to the second single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”. The album received double platinum in America. Following the success of their first album Panic! At The Disco went through many lineup changes with Wilson being dropped during tour and replaced with Jon Walker. After the creation of their second album ‘Nine In The Afternoon’ Ross and Walker left to create their own group as they did not want to change the bands style any more. This left Urie and Smith as the sole remaining members of Panic! At The Disco with Smith leaving soon later on due to health and drug-related issues.

Death Of A Bachelor is a blast from the past with it’s Frank Sinatra sounding theme. The music video depicts Urie alone in a dance hall with a mic and a load of invisible musicians to accompany him in his ballad for the death of a bachelor.

In this gospel themed anthem from Panic! At The Disco Urie invites his “sinners” to stand up and scream hallelujah to the heavens. In the music video Urie is seen chasing his love through optical illusions and tests of faith to prove his love for her. He is confessing his sins to God and singing Hallelujah to the heavens for all that he has in his life. Urie’s strong voice and the gospel like quire are sure to have you on your toes with hands spread high to the sky screaming Hallelujah.

Urie  described the ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ album as “A mix between Sinatra and Queen” and he couldn’t be more correct with songs like “Impossible Year” and “Death Of A Bachelor”. Panic! At The Disco brings forth an outstanding album that mixes many different genres and eras of music together with modern rock, punk, and hip-hop sounds to create a truly unique and new sound.

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Grand Total: 8.8

Each song in Panic! At The Disco’s new album is unique from all the others with its own unique sound of punk rock mixed with other genres such as classical rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and more! This album has something for everyone and there is no way you won’t catch yourself tapping along to at least a few of these fantastic songs. The lyrics in each song stand out from one another. Panic! At The Disco has done a fantastic job at making the style of the song work perfectly with the lyrics and with the amazing vocals by Brendon Urie the lyrics of each and every song will be burned into your brain. Urie has a mesmerizing voice that he is able to fit into each and every style from in your face punk rock with a hip-hop beat to Frank Sinatra like strong melodic vocals. His voice is truly hypnotic in each and every range it is able to work in. With this album being so diverse in sound the replay value is incredible with Urie’s changing tone of voice each song sounds different from the last. This is a shuffle and forget album for sure as you’ll never have an urge to switch it up. Singing along to some songs can be challenging at times as the vocals have such a major range and drastic changes in tempo that might turn some off of attempting to sing along to this album. However the chorus as always is extremely fun and easy to sing along to. This is a beautifully put together album and is perfect to fit into any occasion and for all these reasons I give Panic! At The Disco’s album ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ a 8.8 rating.

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You’re Listening To Revolution Radio

The release of Green Day’s newest album ‘Revolution Radio’ was certainly one that had fans holding their breath in anticipation after the failure of their 60’s themed albums ‘¡UNO!’, ‘¡DOS!’, and ‘¡TRÉ!’. The veteran punk rock group released ‘Revolution Radio’ on October 7, 2016 as their first album in four years. It was received with open arms and hungry ears from fans of Green Day and critiques alike. The album is a fantastic throwback to the punk bands roots, sounding like a continuation off of their classic albums such as ‘Dookie’ and ‘Kerplunk’. The album is a nineties themed punk album with lyrics portraying Billie Joe Armstrong’s struggles with addiction and fears of a Trump style future for America. Revolution Radio definitely brings Green Day back to their roots and is both a throwback and a breath of fresh air for all Green Day fans.

Green Day are back with Revolution Radio, share single Green Day was formed in 1986 as Sweet Children by Billie Joe Armstrong, (lead vocals & guitar) Mike Dirnt, (bassist) and John Kiffmeyer (drums). John stayed with the band and produced one album 39/Sm00th and then in 1990 he began attending Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. At this point in time Billie and Mike recruited Tré Cool as their drummer. Tré has been with them ever since. Green Day has released a total of 13 albums, including ‘Revolution Radio’, over their 31 years of being a band. Out of the 13 albums that Green Day has released 9 have placed within the top 5 on rock charts and it looks like Green Day isn’t planning on stopping with ‘Revolution Radio’ receiving high praise from both critics and fans alike.

‘Revolution Radio’ is similar to Green Day’s first #1 album ‘American Idiot’ as they both talk about politics, war, rebellion and have a 90’s themed punk rock sound. After their 6th album ‘Warning’ Green Day took a small break to write a new album they’d titled ‘Cigarettes and Hand Grenades’ however the master copies of this album were stolen. Instead of going back and rerecording the album Green Day went back to the drawing board. Billie Joe Armstrong had always had a passion to write a Bohemian Rhapsody like album. And so with this in mind Green Day created their first rock opera ‘American Idiot’ which has been portrayed in a Broadway show as well as an unfinished film. When the songs are played in order they tell a story:

American Idiot – The first song on the album is one of two political songs that set the tone and setting of the album. The Iraq war is going on and the media is publicizing it through documentaries with violent images and video clips followed by commercials and other advertisements. The American media has orchestrated mass paranoia and idiocy among the American public.

Jesus of Suburbia – Begins to tell the story of Jesus of Suburbia the first character Green Day introduces in their rock opera. Jesus is an adolescent teen rebel who lives in a small town that battles with love and rage within himself. He is not happy where he lives and believes the big city is where all his dreams will come true. All those close to him he despises so he leaves his town and makes his way to the city. The song has several parts to it that help the story to be told. The songs found within Jesus of Suburbia include:

  • Jesus Of Suburbia
  • City Of The Damned
  • I Don’t Care
  • Dearly Beloved
  • Tales From Another Broken Home

Holiday – Is Green Day’s second political song on the ‘American Idiot’ album. In an interview Bille Joe Armstrong explained the song as a “F**k you” to George W. Bush and speaks out against his presidency as well as the war in Iraq. The album pokes at the strategies used by the Republican government to isolate a certain community in order to gain votes.

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Was written as Jesus’ journey in the big city trying to find where he belongs and where he can make it but being shut down on every chance he takes.

Are We The Waiting – Was written as Jesus’ realization that he doesn’t fit into the big city that he’d hoped would be his new beginning and chance at a good life.

St. Jimmy – Is the second character that Green Day introduces in ‘American Idiot’ he is an alternate personality to Jesus. He is a charismatic, psychotic, instigator, tougher, punk godfather type character which Jesus becomes as a solution to Jesus’ lack of knowledge of the city.

Give Me Novocaine – Is a song about wanting to loose yourself and forget all of life’s problems. It portrays Jesus’ pain and sorrow and want for a release and Jimmy is able to supply him with these means.

She’s A Rebel – We meet the third character in this song who doesn’t have a name other than ‘whatsername’. Jesus relates to this “kindred spirit” and believes that she will be able to give his life its meaning back.

Extraordinary Girl – Shows the strain on the relationship between ‘whatsername’ and Jesus of Suburbia. ‘Whatsername’ is self-confident, feisty and wants the world to notice her while Jesus of Suburbia lacks confidence and is withdrawn from the world. However Jesus is obsessed with ‘Whatsername’ referring to her as “Extraordinary Girl” but at the same time feels horrible as the strain of the relationship is causing ‘Whatsername’ to cry to the point where she is sick of it.

Letterbomb – Is a song about ‘Whatsername’ breaking up with Jesus because he has fallen more into his “St. Jimmy” personality and she does not like that side. She prefers Jesus’ “fight for the city” attitude more than Jimmy’s “It’s not my burden” attitude.

Wake Me Up When September Ends – This song has two separate meanings. It was originally written about Billie’s father who died of cancer September 1st 1982. After the funeral Billie ran home and locked himself in his room, when his mother knocked on the door Billie simply said, “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”  However in the ‘American Idiot’ album the song also has the alternate meaning of the sorrow, fear, and anger everyone felt after the September 11th attacks on the twin towers..

Homecoming – Jesus/Jimmy is depressed after ‘Whatsername’ has left him. He decides to leave behind his alternate ego of St Jimmy and fakes his suicide into the bay in “The Death of St. Jimmy”. Jesus ends up a prisoner at a police station, once he gets out he gets a job but realizes that that is not his destiny in “12 East Street”. He stays up late thinking about ‘Whatsername’ until realizing that she’s abandoned him and he falls into depression again in “Nobody Likes You”. Jesus receives a postcard from an old friend whos grown successful in “Rock and Roll Girlfriend” and decides to go home to his mother in “We’re Coming Home Again”.

Whatsername – Is the conclusion to ‘American Idiot’. Jesus has buried all his experiences in the city. All but one that is. He is unable to forget ‘Whatsername’ and all he shared with her. The song is about how Jesus has started a new life back in his hometown and looks back on his life and wonders how his one true love is doing in life.

 

‘Revolution Radio is a familiar yet brand new sound from Green Day that is sure to make any occasion rock like it’s 1999. With 12 songs full of 44 minutes of classic punk rock Green Day has come back strong yet again with a truly solid album that became an instant classic for all Green Day fans.

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Grand Total: 7.8

‘Revolution Radio’ is an amazing album bringing back Green Day’s classic, recognizable sound that appeals to fans new and old. The album pulls you in with their lighter in the air, head banging, young rebel song mix and keeps you around with their classic recognizable awesome punk rock sound. ‘Revolution Radio’ has 12 unique songs each with their own unique lyrics. They are not as memorable as some of their other hit songs however each song is able to hold it’s own lyrically. Billie Joe Armstrong has extremely unique and recognizable vocals that no matter how high or low, soft or loud, you can always tie back to the punk rock artist. ‘Revolution Radio’ has decent replay value however the songs are similar to many older songs the band has produced therefore the songs can blend together with older albums creating an illusion of listening to those songs many times before. ‘Revolution Radio’ has lyrics with meaning yet simple enough for those to sing along to. Green Day creates many of their songs with the intention for those to sing along in concerts while creating lyrics with deeper lyrics weather politically, rebellious, or to tell a story. For these reasons I’ve rated Green Day’s 13th album ‘Revolution Radio’ a 7.8.

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Two Tone Rebel

Evan Wallace better known to his fans as E-Dubble comes back strong after a 4 year hiatus with an incredibly strong, gritty, fantastic, bass heavy album that was a promise in singles he had been releasing since 2014 known as ‘Two Tone Rebel’. The late near seven foot tall Philadelphia based rapper gave us 10 outstanding songs on his comeback album. ‘Two Tone Rebel’ is E-Dubble’s 3rd album released November 8, 2016. Every song in the album stands out in its own unique and lyrically mastered way. ‘Two Tone Rebel’ dropped as a major pleasant surprise for people who thought E-Dubble dropped out of the race, when in reality he never left.

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Evan ‘E-Dubble’ Wallace was born 1982 in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He began experimenting musically while attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland. There he met some musician friends and formed a group that began producing a wide variety of styles ranging from country, to rock, to commercial parodies. E-Dubble moved into a renovated workhouse in Baltimore with his bandmates in 2008 and a year later released his debut album ‘Hip-Hop Is Good’.  He worked on a personal website known as Black Paisley as well as a YouTube channel where he became famous for his ‘Freestyle Friday’ series in which he’d be given a beat to freestyle over and at the end of each song E-Dubble would sit down and have a little discussion with the listener telling them what’s been going on and wishing everyone a good Friday. This gave a lot of his fans a sense of a relationship with the Hip-Hop artist. E-Dubble went under the radar after the release of his 2012 album ‘Reset’ releasing the odd ‘Freestyle Friday’ or single for his fans to enjoy always hinting at something he was working on called ‘Two Tone Rebel’. Finally in 2016 E-Dubble dropped his long awaited album ‘Two Tone Rebel’. E-Dubble was working on his music video for ‘Two Tone Rebel’ as well as a new album to be released late 2017 and a stand alone ‘Freestyle Friday’ album when he got sick on January 21, 2017 and less than a month later on February 13, 2017 Evan ‘E-Dubble’ Wallace passed away due to blood poisoning at the age of 35. “Live your life don’t live the lie lose the attitude and prove that you know how to be alive” (E-Dubble, Changed My Mind, May 8, 2011)

Hampden Parks is one of E-Dubble’s first freestyle Fridays. E-Dubble freestyles over a sample of the show “Parks and Recreation” theme song. This is one of E-Dubble’s most well known Freestyle Friday’s even almost 7 years after its release. The light fun and recognizable sound of the “Parks and Recreation” theme paired with E-Dubble’s gruffer deeper voice is a interesting treat for any music enthusiast.

‘Be A King’ is a single released by E-Dubble  on March 21, 2011. The song was an immediate classic to every E-Dubble fan as the song is interesting and motivational sitting today at close to 14 million YouTube views ‘Be A King’ is one of E-Dubble’s most well known and praised songs.

‘Two Tone Rebel’ is a fantastic album for any hype moment or party setting with it’s 31 minutes of gritty, bass heavy, lyrically rich lineup of fantastic songs. E-Dubble, unlike many other rappers and hip-hop artists, never gets involved in fights and beef with other artists. In E-Dubble’s first album ‘Hip-Hop Is Good’ E-Dubble made a promise to his audience, “Rap music isn’t art anymore, it’s just beef. I’mma go vegetarian, keep my nose clean. Get our protein from powder, feed my whole team.” E-Dubble promised that he would stay out of the stereotypical beef that many rappers start to rap about and instead would work hard for his audience creating only the best and most meaningful and interesting rhymes. Evan ‘E-Dubble’ Wallace kept his word from the very beginning of his career and stayed out of all the beef creating only the best and most meaningful or interesting raps for his audience.

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Grand Total: 8.6

‘Two Tone Rebel’ is bass heavy and very gritty. It is a fantastic and hype sound and with E-Dubbles outstanding versus and his easy to repeat courses this album is full of songs you’ll be happy to have stuck in your head. E-Dubble always puts meaning into his lyrics talking about his experiences in life, as well as what is going on in the world. ‘Two Tone Rebel’ is just as lyrically interesting as all the other songs he’s created with very interesting and unique rhymes to get his thoughts across. E-Dubble has a very deep gruff unique voice that helps him to stand out significantly over other rap and hip-hop artists. When an E-Dubble song comes on everyone will know due to his unique vocals. ‘Two Tone Rebel’ has fantastic replay value as each song is different with their meanings and moods. Each song is a different type of pump up track and having ‘Two Tone Rebel’ on repeat before a big game will always have you pumped and ready to go out there and be a king. E-Dubble has some very lyrically complicated versus with abbreviations of words rhymed into 3 to 4 syllable words in some cases. There are some many cases where it is almost necessary to sing along during hype moments in the course but for those that are new to the album the courses are always easy and fun to sing along to allowing everyone to be included in the hype from the king. For all these reasons E-Dubble’s final album ‘Two Tone Rebel’ scores an 8.6 rating. May the King rest in peace.

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It’s Just For Fun

 

Timeflies shows us what they do on their spare time in their latest album ‘Just For Fun’. The hybrid party music group gives us 14 songs sure to liven up any party in this album that you can’t help but sway your hips to. ‘Just For Fun’ is their fourth album released September 18 2015 from the Boston based duo. The album consists of 4 singles consisting of ‘Worse Things Than Love, FEAT Natalie La Rose’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Crazy’, and ‘Undress Rehearsal’. After the incredible success of their 2014 album ‘After Hours’ which reached #8 on pop charts and #1 on iTunes the duo went under the radar and ‘Just For Fun’ was unfortunately overlooked by most. However Timeflies continues to pull in new fans while keeping those who have been with them since their start in 2010.

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Timeflies members Rob Resnick (producer) and Cal Shapeiro (vocals) met at Tufts University where they played gigs in a funk band around the campus. In 2010 they formed Timeflies and a year later self-released their debut album ‘The Scotch Tape’. The duo created a YouTube channel where their “Timeflies Tuesday”, series where Cal freestyles over Prod’s of hit songs, took off. Timeflies gained a growing group of diehard fans that kept close ears for future projects. Timeflies has had musical placements in films such as ‘About Last Night’ and ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ as well as placements in the MLB, NBC, Red Bull, American Idol they’ve also hit the stage live on ‘Good Morning America’ as well as on ‘Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!’.

 

Alcohol is one of Timeflies best hits on their YouTube series ‘Timeflies Tuesday’ it features Cal walking through a bar reading off the different types of alcohol and fitting them into his fun pump up freestyle.

Heathens is a newer Timeflies Tuesday freestyling along to a Prod of the popular Twenty-One Pilots song ‘Heathens’. This fast, electronic, bass heavy freestyle is sure to get you bumping along to Cal’s fast and fun freestyle.

The ‘Just For Fun’ album is filled with 44 minutes of unique songs that will undoubtedly have you out of your seats and dancing around to the fun beats. Cal Shapeiro and Rob Resnick work together to give us a diverse album that dances between Maroon-5 style funky R&B (Undress Rehearsal) to Bruno Mars meets Jay-Z like hip hop soul (Worse Things Than Love) to mellow Ed Sheeren acoustic and vocals (Stuck With Me) and then back to pump up Avicii style dance music (Time Machine). ‘Just For Fun’ is an awesome album for any party, bringing songs for any scenario.

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Grand Total: 8.4

Once ‘Just For Fun’ starts playing you won’t be able to resist getting up and swinging your hips to the fantastic tracks. Each song is a toe tapping, hip swaying masterpiece and with Cal’s mesmerizing vocals you’re sure to be entranced by this album for a long time. The lyrics in ‘Just For Fun’ have their moments in songs like ‘Undress Rehearsal’ and ‘Insomniac’ but the songs are mainly pump up party tracks so the songs have relatively repetitive, simple lyrics. The lyrics are forgivable because they are sung by Cal’s beautiful vocals. Cal Shapeiro is able to sing in the high ranges, he’s able to sing some more gritty songs, and faster hip hop style songs as well. Cal’s naturally light smooth voice is perfect for all kinds of music and he shows this off perfectly in ‘Just For Fun’. When this album is on nobody will dare touch the stereo as the album has a good mix of all kinds of different party songs which helps it never loose it’s replay value.  The lyrics are simple and fun and easy to sing along to. When the course rolls around everyone will want to sing along no matter how shy. This album is an amazing, fun piece of art with beautiful vocals, fun party style music and lyrics that are simple but still exciting, because of this I’ve decided to give ‘Just For Fun’ and 8.4 rating.

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Goodies of Meat and Candy

Old Dominion gives us some fantastic ear candy with their debut album ‘Meat and Candy’. Old Dominion brings in a good mix of savoury vocals, sweet harmonies and crisp guitar in this R&B inspired country album. The album that was released November 6, 2015 consists of 11 songs with three singles all of which hit the top three on country and pop charts alike. The singles consist of ‘Break Up With Him’, ‘Snapback’, and ‘Song for Another Time’. ‘Meat and Candy’ is an awesome album for anyone who is looking for an album they can sing along to with friends on road trips time and time again. Image result for meat and candy Old Dominion is a 5 man country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee. The band consists of Matthew Ramsey as the lead vocalist, Trevor Rosen on guitar and keyboard, Wit Sellers on drums, Geoff Sprung on Bass and Brad Tursi on guitar. The members of Old Dominion have written many hit songs for various other country music artists including “Save it for a Rainy Day” for Kenny Chesney, “Chainsaw” for The Band Perry, “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” for Tyler Farr and many more songs for various artists as well as songs for the ABC musical drama “Nashville”.

Old Dominion recently released their music video for ‘Song For Another Time’. In this video Old Dominion portrays their message of living in the present and enjoying the beauties and good things of now.

The Meat and Candy album is filled with 11 feel good R&B inspired country songs with undertones of rock and pop. Each song was created by a band that prioritizes their live shows and so every song on the album turns into a song you can’t help but sing along to. Even the slower songs such as ‘Nowhere Fast’ and ‘We Got it Right’ turn into heartfelt sweets with a similar effect. The generic, stereotypical country sound gets a lot of hate for sounding repetitive and similar to one another. Old Dominion brings a brand new feel, with this new album in what paid off in a high risk high reward situation.

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Grand Total: 9.4

Once you listen to ‘Meat and Candy’ you’ll be singing along to Matthew Ramsey’s, strong unforgettable vocals for a long time as the light, happy sounding songs can’t help but implant themselves in your brain. The lyrics are unique in each song but are repeated a little too often with too much chorus and not enough verse. However the lyrics in the songs are fun and lighthearted and with Matthew Ramsey’s amazing vocals and the fantastic harmonies by Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi they  really make each song shine in it’s own respect. This is an album that you could play all day and never get sick of, the lyrics are happy, fun, easy to memorize and sing along to, there are songs you can clap along with and the bright quick instrumental makes this album a must have for every road trip or pool party which is why I am giving it a 9.4 rating.

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