Damn Country Music
Label: Big Machine Records, LLC
On his 14th studio album, Tim McGraw sounds just as inspired as he did when he started. And while most current country artists mix things up by incorporating shades of hip-hop and electronic, on Damn Country Music McGraw draws on Celtic and folk elements. Album opener “Here Tonight” features daughter Gracie on backing vocals, as well as a lilting tin whistle to brighten the sound. Elsewhere, pounding drums and ringing, echoing guitars build a heartland/arena rock foundation for “Love Runs” and “Losin’ You,” while a steady hook buoys the breakup song “California,” which also features Big & Rich.