Editors' Notes That’s Goodvin, with a V. V also happens to stand for Victoria, Goodvin’s wife, who inspired not only the album’s title but a number of its songs, notably the pop-leaning lead single “You Are.” Goodvin may be best known for 2017’s “Lonely Drum”—the biggest Canadian country record of the past few years (included here in a sleek new “2.0” mix)—but he got his start writing for stars like Luke Bryan. He shares Bryan’s knack for small lyrical details and big, rousing choruses. Half the songs on V are stadium-ready sing-alongs, from the opener “Good Ole Bad Days” to “Free Beer & Free Bird,” which recalls Goodvin’s days playing in a cover band. And he’s just as effective when he zooms in for the smaller-scale ballads, whether the devotional “Serious” or the soul-searching “Bars & Churches.”

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Good Ol' Bad Days
1
3:02
 
You Are
2
3:01
 
Bars & Churches
3
3:42
 
Serious
4
3:33
 
For the Life of Me
5
3:12
 
Burn out in Vegas
6
3:01
 
Free Beer & Free Bird
7
2:50
 
Every Time You Take Your Time
8
3:06
 
Kill a Kiss
9
3:27
 
Take It to the House
10
3:03
 
Lonely Drum 2.0
11
3:40