15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In his first solo outing since his split with partner Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn tips his hat to his bar-band roots while revealing a more intimate side to his country-superstar persona. Brooks and Dunn devotees will find plenty to like in this collection of dance-floor workouts, romantic slow tunes and working-class character sketches. Beyond this, Dunn tones down the Texas-sized swagger that typified his previous work and delivers some of his best vocal performances in some time. The rousing upbeat tracks “Singer In a Cowboy Band” and “Let the Cowboy Rock” are rousing honky-tonk stompers carrying plenty of bite. “How Far to Waco” adds a dash of Southwestern spice with mariachi horns and chicken-picking guitar licks. The album’s ballads are a cut above usual Nashville fare, with “Last Love I’m Tryin’” and “Love Owes Me One” standing out for their slow-burning tenderness. Particularly impressive are “Cost of Livin’” (a poignant glimpse of hard times in the heartland) and “Bleed Red” (a ballad of forgiveness and healing).

EDITORS’ NOTES

In his first solo outing since his split with partner Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn tips his hat to his bar-band roots while revealing a more intimate side to his country-superstar persona. Brooks and Dunn devotees will find plenty to like in this collection of dance-floor workouts, romantic slow tunes and working-class character sketches. Beyond this, Dunn tones down the Texas-sized swagger that typified his previous work and delivers some of his best vocal performances in some time. The rousing upbeat tracks “Singer In a Cowboy Band” and “Let the Cowboy Rock” are rousing honky-tonk stompers carrying plenty of bite. “How Far to Waco” adds a dash of Southwestern spice with mariachi horns and chicken-picking guitar licks. The album’s ballads are a cut above usual Nashville fare, with “Last Love I’m Tryin’” and “Love Owes Me One” standing out for their slow-burning tenderness. Particularly impressive are “Cost of Livin’” (a poignant glimpse of hard times in the heartland) and “Bleed Red” (a ballad of forgiveness and healing).

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