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Eric Church: Mr. Missunderstood

Church's work will soon wear thin, but this album maintains the themes, styles, and strengths of Outsiders.

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Hinterland Records

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Whitney Rose: Heartbreak of the Year

Rose's new album is technically beautiful, historically minded, smartly constructed, and slightly dull.

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Zac Brown Band: Jekyll and Hyde

A mess of competing signals and bad politics mar what could have been a blandly competent country rock experience.

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Big Machine Group

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'The Queen's Bed', the Queen's Body, and the Body of the State

A rigorous, middle ground between lurid populist histories and dry academia, Anna Whitelock provides an excellent biography as a well trained historian.

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Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class

Angaleena Presley steps away from the Pistol Annies for a solo album that cements her status as country music's great moralist.

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Sam Hunt: Montevallo

Sam Hunt records his first full-length LP, makes an argument about genre, and is still problematic about women.

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Jason Aldean: Old Boots, New Dirt

Aldean's personal life, and Nashville's change of direction, isolate the listener and reinforce stereotypes.

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Broken Bow

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Broken Bow Records

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The Duhks: Beyond the Blue

An excellent, if dull, reinforcement of their material for their usual fanbase.

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Willie Nelson: Band of Brothers

Willie Nelson still makes records that are smart, funny, sexy, and heartbreaking.

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Hidden Cameras: Age

A melancholy estrangement from previous work, suggesting a kind of collapse.

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Rough Trade / Arts and Crafts

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Rough Trade, Arts and Crafts

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Dierks Bentley: Riser

A stripped down version of this overwrought and over-weighted album could have provided a way out of Nashville's doldrums.

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Eric Church: The Outsiders

Eric Church is not as hard as he wants you to think, but his softness is what makes him interesting.

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Towards a (Redneck) Pleasure Principle: Or Why Luke Bryan Might Be This Year's Best Artist

The idea of pleasure, of the loose swing and the obsessive grinding, becomes the central way that we talk about Luke Bryan, and often the central way that Bryan talks about himself, especially in 2013.

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