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Album Review

Moving over to Shanachie Records, the reunited Lonestar continue the path they started on 2013's Life as We Know It on Never Enders. The title song alludes to the group's status as survivors: at the point this record hit the stores in 2016, the quartet was closing in on a quarter-century in the business. To their credit, Lonestar choose to embrace their age here, getting a little bit more mellow than they did on the 2013 reunion with Richie McDonald, a move that's tantamount to a basic-to-basics for the quartet. From the insistent arena-country anthem of the title track to the preponderance of shiny sentimental ballads, this feels like a revival of late-'90s country, but what makes Never Enders work isn't that it succumbs to nostalgia, but rather that it relies on craft. The songs may not be grabbers, but they're sturdy, melodic constructions given a lift by an enveloping, polished production that effectively softens the rougher edges of McDonald's voice; he's hardly gravelly, but he is nicely weathered. All of these elements help turn Never Enders into an album that feels radio-radio by the rule books of 1997, but that's its appeal: it is Lonestar celebrating who they are, from their country-pop roots to their middle age. Such warm self-acceptance turns this album into a cozy, pleasurable affair.

Customer Reviews

Real country music!!!

Finally going back to there roots. It's 90s lonestar!!!

Thank God they're back!

Best news I had all year. And they sound as great as the old days!

Well done!

Great album.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

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

Though their name might lead you to believe that Lonestar were formed in Texas, the quintet actually hails from Tennessee. Originally called Texassee, the band features Richie McDonald (lead vocals, guitar), John Rich (lead vocals, bass), Michael Britt (lead guitar, background vocals), Dean Sams (keyboard, background vocals), and Keech Rainwater (drums). All the members are in fact Texas natives -- they just formed in Tennessee in 1992. In 1993, Lonestar played their first concert at Backstage...
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