11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Girl in a Country Song” showed that Maddie & Tae can stuff sexist stereotypes into the woodchipper. Start Here shows they excel at catchy hooks, sweet melodies and evocative moments. Their youthful perspective makes “Downside of Growing Up” required listening for high schoolers (and their parents). And their talent for flipping expectations reappears on “Shut Up and Fish”. They flirt with pop but are committed to country, honky-tonk and bluegrass traditions—making them a must for fans of Dixie Chicks and pre-1989 T-Swizzle. The line for the Maddie & Tae bandwagon starts here. Climb aboard.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Girl in a Country Song” showed that Maddie & Tae can stuff sexist stereotypes into the woodchipper. Start Here shows they excel at catchy hooks, sweet melodies and evocative moments. Their youthful perspective makes “Downside of Growing Up” required listening for high schoolers (and their parents). And their talent for flipping expectations reappears on “Shut Up and Fish”. They flirt with pop but are committed to country, honky-tonk and bluegrass traditions—making them a must for fans of Dixie Chicks and pre-1989 T-Swizzle. The line for the Maddie & Tae bandwagon starts here. Climb aboard.

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