12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colt Ford’s fifth album, Thanks for Listening, is filled with the genre-bending fusions that define contemporary country—the Georgia singer/songwriter offers half-sung, half-rapped tunes about muddy trucks, Southern hotties, and homemade moonshine that are backed by banjos and drum sequencers. His mission, at least on the guitar-driven “Washed in the Mud,” is to "celebrate that country life that we love so much.” But the rap-inflected beats throughout much of Thanks for Listening demonstrate just how much artists like Ford (and his star-studded guest list, which includes Keith Urban, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser) have blurred the genre's conventional boundaries. When Ford offers straight-ahead pop-country party anthems (like the title track or "Farm Life”), his magnetic melodies and raunchy sense of humor shine. But a wildly eclectic tune like “Crank It Up”—with its laser-cut synth-bass, Auto-Tune vocals, and borrowed AC/DC riff—is where Ford is his most gleefully creative, orchestrating a delightfully chaotic collision of trends from across the pop spectrum.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colt Ford’s fifth album, Thanks for Listening, is filled with the genre-bending fusions that define contemporary country—the Georgia singer/songwriter offers half-sung, half-rapped tunes about muddy trucks, Southern hotties, and homemade moonshine that are backed by banjos and drum sequencers. His mission, at least on the guitar-driven “Washed in the Mud,” is to "celebrate that country life that we love so much.” But the rap-inflected beats throughout much of Thanks for Listening demonstrate just how much artists like Ford (and his star-studded guest list, which includes Keith Urban, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser) have blurred the genre's conventional boundaries. When Ford offers straight-ahead pop-country party anthems (like the title track or "Farm Life”), his magnetic melodies and raunchy sense of humor shine. But a wildly eclectic tune like “Crank It Up”—with its laser-cut synth-bass, Auto-Tune vocals, and borrowed AC/DC riff—is where Ford is his most gleefully creative, orchestrating a delightfully chaotic collision of trends from across the pop spectrum.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
311 Ratings
311 Ratings
mjbuckley ,

Awesome!

Sounds good as always Colt!

hiphop next ,

Oh My--

Boy it's amazing what passes as Country Music today. Fat guy puts on sunglasses and gets as sloppy as possible and does this . Hell, it wouldn't make it on a Rap station so you call it counrty. It's a shame and disgrace what's passed of to people as music of any kind but to call it country ------

R.E.I. ,

Colt Ford IS Country!

Why can't you rap and still have it be country? At least its a somewhat change from the sappy, drink beer in my tractor driving down a backroad B.S. country that makes up 80% of the genre nowadays... Aldean and Brantley are borderline Rock, yet they're still country... if a rapper sings (i.e. Drake), its still considered hip-hop... genres always get blended, doesn't change what it is... i bet nobody realizes that Dirt Road Anthem was originally written and performed by Colt Ford before he gave it to Aldean and it got famous... Colt Ford IS as "country" as anybody!

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