The best of the rest which happens to actually be the best.
Taking two trips to the ’90s this week, it seems.
The first stop in the time machine!
Three disappointments from three usually solid artists.
The Boom-or-Bust Jukebox is a weekly series where I cover new entries to the top 40 of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, standalone oddities, and a throwback tune. So, as I said at the beginning of this year, this is an experiment in progress, and, given that this feature offers a mix of standalone singles and… Continue reading The Boom-or-Bust Jukebox – Week 2 (2021): (The Wilder Blue, Old Dominion, etc.)
The last single review roundup of 2020 … and we’re not ending with a bang, sadly.
As readers of this website know, if I review a song here, it’s usually going to be a radio single. For one, I like to save bigger discussions for the eventual album review, giving me a larger framework to discuss the cultural context surrounding the artist or band. Plus, if any review outlet tried to… Continue reading Quick Draw Single Reviews
Admittedly, I always find it odd to explore years from this decade for this feature. After all, this is meant to be a look back into country music of the past, and 2011 wasn’t that long ago. Still, when comparing 2011 country music to the country music of today, there’s already a huge difference not… Continue reading The Best Hit Songs Of 2011
The short version: “Raised On Country” is the latest addition to a long line of singles addressing authenticity concerns. Chris Young may make the track go down smoother than similar artists due to his stellar voice, but “Raised On Country” is more of a name-drop contest than a fitting tribute to musical heroes. Writers: Chris… Continue reading Song Review: Chris Young – “Raised On Country”
While not my personal favorite list to make, the worst of mainstream country music in a calendar year always makes for an interesting discussion. This year though, the problems were more directed at the industry itself rather than the songs. There were a lot of boring, generic, mediocre singles released this year, but the list… Continue reading The Musical Divide’s Worst 20 Singles Of 2018