12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tim McGraw is evolving before our eyes and ears, transforming from an earnest chronicler of small-town sentiments to a versatile pop balladeer with angst to spare. His most adult contemporary album yet, Emotional Traffic features “Halo,” an anguished portrait of a disintegrating marriage, with chiming guitars and an anthemic chorus that's nearly Coldplay–esque. McGraw returns to his signature new-traditional twang with a cover of Dee Ervin’s “One Part, Two Part” (sung as a duet with wife Faith Hill). Anyone familiar with Buddy & Julie Miller’s version of the tune will find this rendition a little more rocking and bluesy. Another standout duet (this time with Ne-Yo) perfectly blends a quiet storm–flavored slow jam with a country-pop ballad. An effortlessly natural performer, McGraw is still one of country's top dogs whose vistas expand with every release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tim McGraw is evolving before our eyes and ears, transforming from an earnest chronicler of small-town sentiments to a versatile pop balladeer with angst to spare. His most adult contemporary album yet, Emotional Traffic features “Halo,” an anguished portrait of a disintegrating marriage, with chiming guitars and an anthemic chorus that's nearly Coldplay–esque. McGraw returns to his signature new-traditional twang with a cover of Dee Ervin’s “One Part, Two Part” (sung as a duet with wife Faith Hill). Anyone familiar with Buddy & Julie Miller’s version of the tune will find this rendition a little more rocking and bluesy. Another standout duet (this time with Ne-Yo) perfectly blends a quiet storm–flavored slow jam with a country-pop ballad. An effortlessly natural performer, McGraw is still one of country's top dogs whose vistas expand with every release.

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