THE STORY SO FAR:
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY is the highly anticipated first Country project for the respected and hugely successful NOW That’s What I Call Music series of compilation albums, which have collectively scanned over 70 million units in the US in the last 10 years.
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY will include 20 of today’s hottest country hits from the biggest artists in the format.
The CD is literally a must-have for all country fans. Almost all of my favorite country artists are represented (Martina McBride, Toby Keith, and Jack Ingram are not on the CD) and the songs that are on the CD are one of the most popular songs of the featured artist.
The Totally Country series of country music mix disks acted like they knew hits. They posted several huge flops on their albums and claimed them to be former #1 tracks, however half of them hadnt even hit the top 40 and many that did never hit #1. This collection does not sink so low to earn its attention. In truly captures the essence of country music over the past year or two to give both current and prospective fans a taste of what country music can offer.
Although many could criticize that a mainly pop/rock/rap based series wouldnt do much justice to country music, this collection actually pulls in some very decent hits including some of the years biggest #1 hits. The lead off track, All-American Girl, is a former #1 from superstar Carrie Underwood earlier this year. Also in the mix are the #1 hits Letter To Me by Brad Paisley, I Saw God Today by George Strait, Youre Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins, and last years huge #1 Dont Blink by Kenny Chesney. These songs are landmark songs from the past couple years having become some of the most successful #1 hits in this projects time frame of song selections.
The CD is a fun look at the changing face of Modern Country. I went into this disc not expecting much, but I had my mind changed. I guess that’s the sign of a great album. I’m still not wowed by Toby Keith’s efforts, but Paisley and Trace Adkins got me to change my mind. This is a recommended buy.
- Final Score: 93% – A-
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!