Editors' Notes Like a lot of the male hitmakers who have leaned on a bulked-up, beat-driven, party-starting sound in the early 2010s, North Carolina-bred Chase Rice has been feeling the urge to reinvent himself. He made those intentions clear with the surprise drop of The Album, Pt. I (actually a compact seven-song affair rather than a full-length) in January, and extends the effort with the four tracks on this follow-up, which he produced with A-list songwriter Chris DeStefano. Traces of doo-wop (“You”), anthemic modern rock (“Down Home Runs Deep”), and broody hip-hop (“Belong”) have a place in Rice’s expanded country-pop approach. He also strives to vary the attitudes he’s projecting: The galloping acoustic rock of “Break. Up. Drunk.” is the tongue-in-cheek suggestion of a guy who senses his vulnerability and wants to avoid saying goodbye sober. "It’s gonna hurt like hell and I don’t wanna feel too much," Rice sings. "If we’re gonna break up, let’s break up drunk."

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You
1
3:14
 
Break. Up. Drunk.
2
2:56
 
Down Home Runs Deep
3
3:14
 
Belong
4
3:39
 

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