Vince Gill’s new album is ‘Down to My Last Bad Habit.’ It’s the latest album from the veteran country music star who first rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s with numerous ballads. Now critics are weighing in and here’s a roundup of reviews.
Vince Gill ruled the country music airwaves throughout the 1990s with a string of ballads that became smash hits, including ‘Look At Us,’ ‘When I Call Your Name’ and ‘Never Knew Lonely.’ He’s firmly established his place in music history, with numerous awards — including a career total of 20 Grammy Awards — and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
While many other solo artists have taken over those same airwaves in successive years, he continues to release albums that have been widely acclaimed to take on some high profile collaborations in recent years, including “Don’t Rush” with Kelly Clarkson and “Midnight Rider” with Gregg Allman and Zac Brown.
‘Down to My Last Bad Habit’ is his first album of new material since 2011’s ‘Guitar Singer.’ His most recent album, 2013’s ‘Bakersfield,’ was a tribute album, featuring covers of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens songs.
In an interview with USA Today, Vince Gill himself reflected upon the new album and how it fits in the context of his decades-long career, saying, “People always say their newest album is the best they’ve ever made. That should be the case. You should get better at this. So hopefully, this is the best record I’ve ever done. My ears do tell me I’m singing better than I ever have, playing better than ever and writing better songs.”
Now the critics having their say on this latest album and here’s what’s being said.
“…. Gill vindicates it all, as much as humanly possible, with exquisite guitar work and soulful vulnerability. In a world of macho-posturing country bros, it’s surprisingly refreshing….” –Rolling Stone
“….So it’s a pleasure to report that country music’s ultimate good guy has once again crafted an excellent collection of new music with his 18th album, “Down to My Last Bad Habit.” Co-produced by Justin Niebank, the 12 tracks — all written or co-written by Gill — represent the spectrum of his interests……”–The Boston Globe
“….On Down To My Last Bad Habit, Gill continues to work from multiple musical angles while also bringing into focus perhaps the greatest of all the skills he’s cultivated over the years: his ability to translate his devotion to craft into richness of expression…..” –NPR
“….Vince is still in great vocal form as he shows us the breadth of his range from funky R&B, as in the solid opener “Reasons for the Tears I Cry,” to a plaintive ballad like “I’ll Be Waiting for You,” which has always been his stylistic strength.
This is likely Vince’s best album since The Key, in terms of overall musicality, song sense and production…..” –Country Weekly
“….However, the true characteristic of any artist is that of being creative – and on this, Down To My Last Bad Habit, Gill’s first dabble into Contemporary Country in five years, he creates some of the most intriguing and emotional music of his career – after three decades, which is a pretty amazing feat. At age 58, “Sweet Pea” – as George Jones called him – is still singing as great as he ever has been……” –Sounds Like Nashville
Critics are applauding, overall, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, some even offering a virtual standing ovation. Now, as always, it’s up to the music buying public. Do they still appreciate the distinctive voice so familiar for so many decades? You can see Vince Gill’s ‘Down to My Last Bad Habit’ album art and music video below!
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