Alabama & Friends
Label: Show Dog Universal Music
One takeaway from this compilation LP pairing two new Alabama tracks with covers by stars like Kenny, Toby, and Trisha: How hard does country rock these days? "The Closer You Get" rocked hard in its day, mixing its Southern country with Southern rock, but here Texas descendents the Eli Young Band turn the volume up even louder. Same goes for, among others, Florida Georgia Line's "I'm in a Hurry" and Luke Bryan's "Love in the First Degree." The Alabama originals, meanwhile, sound like lost takes from the group's heyday, repping old time values and expressing dismay at those who ignore them.