Tim McGraw ‘Damn Country Music’ Album Review Roundup

November 6, 2015

Tim McGraw’s new album is ‘Damn Country Music.’ The iconic artist of the genre of his album’s new title forges on, with this, his 14th release of new music and the first since 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Sundown Heaven Town.’ Here’s a roundup of reviews from music critics.

Tim McGraw

Yes, it’s the 14th album from one of the most revered purveyors of traditional country music. And for those who fear that the genre is getting diluted from so much crossover and hybridization, there’s always the likes of Tim McGraw to fall back on. That’s the very feeling one gets when uttering that title, ‘Damn Country Music,’ as in nothing finer under the sun. And the lyrics of the title track evoke that very spirit with such lines as “Tells you everything you have is worth losing / Damn country music.”

And of course, the music itself is country, through and through, not a hint of “bro country,” no featured appearances from rappers or pop music stars or rockers. His own daughter, Gracie McGraw, is one of the two guest artists along with Big & Rich. Yes, a bit of a disappointment for fans hoping for another splendid duet with wife Faith Hill.

The album is his first since 2014’s ‘Sundown Heaven Town’ and before that, we had 2013’s ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ and between them, quite a string of hit songs from ‘Shotgun Rider’ to ‘One of Those Nights.’ This album was was produced by Byron Gallimore, his longtime producer, going back more than 20 years to ‘Not A Moment Too Soon’ which won the ACM Album of the Year Award. Yes, even lead single’s title has swagger and verve, it’s “Top Of The World” and it’s been climbing the charts ever since.

So what do the critics think of Tim McGraw’s 14th album? Here’s a roundup.

“….”Luckily, “Damn Country Music” marks McGraw’s third consecutive album that finds him firmly back in the fold as one of country music’s most emotive vocalists….”– Journal-Sentinal

“…. While he’s not taking risks—even a duet with daughter Gracie is a lovely echo of his classic songs with wife Faith Hill—these tunes are as comfy as a pair of worn Lucchese boots….”– EW.com

“…”Damn Country Music” is all over the musical map, from the classic country of the weeper “Don’t Make Me Feel at Home” to the driving rock of “Losin’ You,” with its “Joshua Tree”-era U2 guitar work. He takes a swing at the indie-folk of Mumford & Sons on “Here Tonight,” with his daughter Gracie McGraw singing lovely harmonies. He even mines a soul groove on the loping “Everybody’s Lookin’.” And somehow, McGraw does all of it well, using his easy country charm and warm, welcoming delivery to get his points across….” — Newsday

Yes, it’s the third album in as many years, and critics are giving it a warm welcome. Now will the fans of the genre do the same? You can see Tim McGraw’s ‘Damn Country Music’ album art, and the lyric videos below!

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