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Editors’ Notes

Today’s country music industry is notorious for discarding its stars after a hit or two. Case in point: Mark Wills, the affable Southern gentleman responsible for singles like “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Don’t Laugh At Me” in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. After five years’ absence from the studio, he returns with Familiar Stranger, a spirited comeback that emphasizes the singer’s rock as well as country influences. Wills scuffs up his well-mannered image a bit by celebrating the pleasures of liquor-drenched beachside days in “Panama City” and flaunting his rebel roots in “Rednecks Anonymous.” Several songs — including “Closer” and “All the Crap I Do” (yep, that’s the title!) — find him taking a personal inventory of his flaws and failures. The wistful “The Things We Forget” and the boisterous “Days of Thunder” head deep into nostalgia, while “What Are You Doing” and “The Likes of You” renew his balladeer credentials. Wills’ vocals have gained authority over the years, evident in slow-burning material like “Take It All Out On Me.” At its best, this album invites comparisons with Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks. A welcome return.

Customer Reviews

His Best Release Yet!!!!

By far this is the best album Mark Wills has released!!!! This isn't the ballad singing Mark Wills---this is the guy you see at his live shows!!!! A must-have for any country-rock fan!!!!


Mark Wills is the most under-rated country singers EVER! he is by far the best singer in the industry;; i dont know why song about tractors and trucks are playing, and not Mark Wills!


This is the best album Wills has put out. He finally gets a chance to do things his way and gets to show who he really is.


Born: August 8, 1973 in Cleveland, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he didn't quite achieve the fame or sales of new country contemporaries as Tim McGraw or Clay Walker, Mark Wills earned a respectable following and strong reviews following the release of his eponymous 1996 debut album. As a teenager in the small town of Blue Ridge, GA, Wills was fond of pop-metal bands like Poison and Bon Jovi, and throughout his teens he played in metal garage bands. But as he became an adult, his tastes shifted toward country-pop and new traditionalist country. Considering...
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