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Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic

Andy Ellis | A&E Editor | 2-7-2012

Tim says himself that this the best album he’s ever made.  While fans who prefer his earlier material may beg to differ, I do have to agree with the man himself.  Maybe it’s not just the quality of the record for me.  Maybe it’s the fact that this release is not another pointless Greatest Hits package forced into the market by hopefully-soon-to-close Curb Records.  This is his first full album of new material since 2009’s Southern Voice.  Is it worth the wait?  Well, since I’ve purchased the CD (yes, people still do that) I’ve listened to it all the way through at least five times.  It was definitely worth the wait, so let’s dig in a little more so I can show you why.

Overall the album is really good, but as always there are definite standouts.  The album opener, “Halo,” is nice and powerful to start things off.  Another one is the upbeat “One Part, To Part,” which features wife Faith Hill on guest vocals.  Then there is the current radio single “Better Than I Used To Be,” which leans a little more towards traditional country than some are used to.  The last two I want to point out are “The One That Got Away,” which could have easily been written about Taylor Swift.  The last one is “Only Human” with Ne-Yo which is of the more decent cross-genre collaborations I’ve heard in a while.

It’s a great album, but I’m glad to hear that he is already at work on his next one because in a way he has some lost time to make up for.  Thankfully, this next one won’t have anything to do with Curb Records.  Keep ’em comin’, Tim.

My Grade: 4 Out Of 5 Stars