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beer drinkin' truck drivin' line dancin' tractor drivin' son of a gun....
August 23, 2019
I was impressed with Midland's debut and thought it stood out as something refreshingly different from the typical brain-dead radio fodder. This new release disappoints me. Perhaps they have spent too much time around Dwight Yoakam but the lead vocals have become a step more twangy, more nasal and in spots quite intelligible. They have put some autotune or similar effect on the lead vocal that it sounds a bit robotic, and polished and tweaked the harmonies so the realistic and unique sound of the band is gone. This is quite simply overproduced and more corporate company polished country for an audience described in my header. This could double take for an early '90s Brooks & Dunn effort, and although the music is decent, it is doomed to the same fate as the '90s country that they are trying to sound like....you can't sell the stuff on ebay for .99 cents these days. Midland fans will rejoice and revel in the generic "beer drinkin' cowgirls on a Saturday night in the back of my truck" twang of it all, but for me this second effort is the one that makes me move on. I don't think this will be a memorable outing unfortunately.