Country Perspective’s Best Music Reviewed in June

Luke Bell Self Titled Album

This is the monthly recap post of all the great music we reviewed on the blog in case you missed it or just came across our humble, little blog. So check this music out if you haven’t already.

10/10

Albums:

Luke Bell – Luke Bell

 

9/10

Albums:

Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules – Let Me Off at the Bottom

Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town

Maurice van Hoek – Live Forevermore 

Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis

Songs:

Cody Jinks – “I’m Not the Devil”

 

8/10

Albums:

Jon Pardi – California Sunrise

Mudcrutch – 2

Rachel Allyn – Next Year’s Girl

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8 thoughts on “Country Perspective’s Best Music Reviewed in June

  1. Here’s mine:

    I’m only counting albums and ones released in June btw.

    10/10

    Robert Ellis – self-titled
    Luke Bell – self-titled

    9/10

    Brandy Clark – Big Day In A Small Town

    8/10

    Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin – Colvin and Earle
    Elizabeth Cook – Exodus Of Venus
    Dolly Shine – Walkabout

    I still have to check out a lot of your list. Too much great music and not enough time!

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  2. Best album: Brandy Clark – Big Day In A Small Town
    Close behind: Luke Bell, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle + the Cody Jinks single

    On the list: more Cody Jinks, Steve Deal, Charley Pride (a couple of downloadable albums for the 1st time here)
    Wating for: David Nail, Mark Chesnutt & Lori McKenna

    My Playlist – Current singles & songs:
    Brandy Clark – “Love Can Go To Hell”
    Post Monroe – “Dixie Dust”
    Deep Creek Road – “Anchor”
    Matt Austin – “Bad Feelin'”
    Smithfield – “The Rust”
    Smithfield – “Hey Whiskey”
    Steve Deal – “Burn It Down”
    Steve Deal – “Wider Than Sky”
    Steve Deal – “Steal My Heart Away”
    Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”
    Luke Robinson – “Number You Can Call”

    Older songs i found: Harmony James – “Cold Western Wind” (two great albums: Cautionary Tales & Handfuls Of Sky) & Shane Nicholson feat. Kasey Chambers – “Stolen Car”

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    • I have to admit I’m shocked to see “Song For Another Time” in your playlist, but won’t judge you for it either certainly.

      To me, it’s just yet another sterilely produced, lazily written nod to music pop culture nostalgia much like Lady Antebellum’s “And The Radio Played”, Jake Owen’s “1972” and, in a different way, Brantley Gilbert’s “My Baby’s Guns ‘N Roses”. Granted it doesn’t sound obnoxious like their first two hits, but it lacks any imaginative quality or flavor or emotional payoff. At least Lady Antebellum’s overproduced track “And The Radio Played” maintained a melancholic sense of urgency in its delivery that somewhat elevated their take on this trope. Old Dominion’s just feels flat and banal, but that’s just me.

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      • “Song For Another Time” is my “guilty pleasure of the month”. Good track to sing along under the shower & preparing food. The only decent track on the awful album.

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        • My guilty pleasure at the moment would be “Sun Don’t Let Me Down” by Keith Urban. I think what makes it really work in spite of being zero-percent country is Nile Rogers crafting that infectious driving riff. I don’t even mind Pitbull give how convincingly energetic he is.

          Dan + Shay’s “Already Ready” would be another. They’re on the wrong format, but they sound enjoyable as Adult Top 40 fodder.

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  3. June was arguably the strongest month for country and roots music as a whole in the midst of what I’ve considered a slightly disappointing year so far.

    Luke Bell’s eponymous debut would rate as my personal favorite, followed by Brandy Clark and narrowly followed by Robert Ellis. So no surprises there compared to the consensus here. However, I will say Luke Bell’s album probably rates only behind “Southern Family” and possibly Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters “Midwest Heart / Southern Blues” in the running for Best Album of 2016. I could include “case/lang/veirs” in the mix, but I don’t consider it a country or roots album so much as an outstanding singer/songwriter album that’s also among the best 2016 has had to offer thus far.

    Still, 2016 is lagging considerably behind the last several years as a whole when it comes to depth in top quality. Where it was grueling trying to rate the absolute best from the best at this point last year, the top picks are quite easy so far this year. Let’s hope that changes in the latter half.

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    • Obviously I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong Nadia. After all, these things are all subjective.

      However I personally disagree that it’s been easy to pick the favorites of this year.

      I currently have 4 albums in the running for my “album of the year” category. They are (in no order):

      Chris King – Animal
      Luke Bell – s/t
      Dave Cobb – Southern Family
      Robert Ellis – s/t

      Admittedly, 2 of them are strong front runners but even still, the 2 I’m torn on will eat away at me all this year. 2015 was different considering that Gretchen Peters’ “Blackbirds” connected with me on such a personal level that I never even considered another winner for a second.

      Again, it’s all subjective. I’m just offering my personal opinion here 🙂

      I’ll have to take a listen to that Nick Dittmeir album. That’s been on my radar for far too long.

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    • I definitely agree on June. I think August though has a chance to top it with several possible quality releases (Cody Jinks, Kelsey Waldon, BJ Barham, John Paul White, Lydia Loveless, Jack Ingram). On the other hand I expect July to be a really slow month.

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