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Single Review: Kacey Musgraves, “Biscuits”

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“Biscuits”
Kacey Musgraves

Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves

If you’re already a fan of Kacey Musgraves, you’ve heard most of this before.

“Biscuits” combines elements of “Follow Your Arrow” and “The Trailer Song”, advocating being yourself and minding your own business.   Even the arrangement is a souped-up take on “Arrow”, with more of a beat and quite a few more instrumental flourishes.

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Single Review: Frankie Ballard, “Young & Crazy”

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“Young & Crazy”
Frankie Ballard

Written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally

“Young & Crazy” is like a used car that’s been refurbished by a crack team of mechanics.   From a distance, it can look brand new, but get a little closer, and you can see it’s been constructed with spare parts.

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Single Review: RaeLynn, “For a Boy”

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“For a Boy”
RaeLynn

Written by RaeLynn and Laura Veltz

More childlike than childish, there’s a sweetness to RaeLynn that reminds me of a young Taylor Swift.  The talent is there but the life experience is still trailing behind.

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Single Review: Lee Ann Womack, “Send it On Down”

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“Send It On Down”
Lee Ann Womack

Written by Chris Knight and David Leone

The centerpiece of the excellent The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack’s “Send It On Down” is an understated but brilliantly drawn character sketch that is a testament both to Chris Knight’s masterful songwriting and to Womack’s interpretive skill. It’s perhaps the finest single of Womack’s career.

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Single Review: Drake White, “It Feels Good”

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“It Feels Good”
Drake White

Written by: Derek George, Philip Pence, and Drake White

Its content— what with its talk of layin’ by a riverbank, dippin’ toes in the water, and picking up a carton of smokes— may be all too familiar at this point, but what elevates Drake White’s “It Feels Good” above so many other purely escapist singles it its attention to craft and its casual wit. The lyrical hook is perhaps too simple to stand on its own—and, it’s worth mentioning, resorts to the increasingly common trope of repeating words without adding more meaning— so White and his co-writers make sure that the melody in the chorus is catchy and singalong ready.

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Single Review: Billy Currington, “Don’t It”

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“Don’t It”
Billy Currington

Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Jaren Johnston

We’ve reached a point where Billy Currington can release a “Hey girl, let’s get down tonight” anthem and sound like an elder statesman of country music.

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Single Review: Eli Young Band, “Turn it On”

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“Turn it On”
Eli Young Band

Written by Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Mike Eli, and James Young

“Turn it On” is the title track from Eli Young Band’s upcoming EP.   It has a lot of energy, if not a particularly good hook.

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Single Review: Maddie & Tae, “Fly”

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Maddie & Tae
“Fly”

Written by Taylor Dye, Maddie Marlow and Aaron Scherz

Maddie & Tae made a big, bold, attention grabbing statement with their breakthrough hit “Girl in a Country Song”, which rocked and twanged all the way to number one while laying bare the problems with country music’s treatment of women under the bro-country regime. Wisely, the two women show an entirely different creative side with their second single, showing that they are not one-trick ponies.

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Single Review: Eric Church, “Like a Wrecking Ball”

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“Like a Wrecking Ball”
Eric Church

Written by Casey Beathard and Eric Church

This is a bold single choice. “Like a Wrecking Ball” sounds like nothing on the radio today. Irregular rhythms, a vocal sung out of the corner of his mouth, and a lyric that makes every other love song out there sound like child’s play.

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Single Review: Keith Urban with Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up”

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“Raise ‘Em Up”
Keith Urban with Eric Church

Written by Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston and Jeffrey Steele

A collaboration between Keith Urban and Eric Church was bound to have personality and charm, but what the two gentlemen pull off the best is a sense of breezy confidence. None of the bombast that usually occurs when superstars collide is evident here, as it was on “We Were Us.”

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