12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tim McGraw is evolving before our eyes and ears, transforming from an earnest chronicler of small-town sentiments to a versatile pop balladeer with angst to spare. His most adult contemporary album yet, Emotional Traffic features “Halo,” an anguished portrait of a disintegrating marriage, with chiming guitars and an anthemic chorus that's nearly Coldplay–esque. McGraw returns to his signature new-traditional twang with a cover of Dee Ervin’s “One Part, Two Part” (sung as a duet with wife Faith Hill). Anyone familiar with Buddy & Julie Miller’s version of the tune will find this rendition a little more rocking and bluesy. Another standout duet (this time with Ne-Yo) perfectly blends a quiet storm–flavored slow jam with a country-pop ballad. An effortlessly natural performer, McGraw is still one of country's top dogs whose vistas expand with every release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tim McGraw is evolving before our eyes and ears, transforming from an earnest chronicler of small-town sentiments to a versatile pop balladeer with angst to spare. His most adult contemporary album yet, Emotional Traffic features “Halo,” an anguished portrait of a disintegrating marriage, with chiming guitars and an anthemic chorus that's nearly Coldplay–esque. McGraw returns to his signature new-traditional twang with a cover of Dee Ervin’s “One Part, Two Part” (sung as a duet with wife Faith Hill). Anyone familiar with Buddy & Julie Miller’s version of the tune will find this rendition a little more rocking and bluesy. Another standout duet (this time with Ne-Yo) perfectly blends a quiet storm–flavored slow jam with a country-pop ballad. An effortlessly natural performer, McGraw is still one of country's top dogs whose vistas expand with every release.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

music=wl ,

Timeless Tim

I really feel like this album is a little more his old style. I cant get enough of him!

The Original Jimbeaux ,

Has he lost it?

McGraw seems to have been led into the blah world of pop, and lost touch with his north Louisiana country roots. The tunes here seem uninspired and lack the down-home genuine feel of his early work. I'm guessing that it's from too much Hollywood exposure and hanging our with the politically correct crowd, but whatever the cause, Steve McGraw is not holding my attention anymore. I miss the old Tim McGraw that spoke to real people, and understood conservative country life.

BryanSpoon ,

Where's Tim?

I miss the old you, lose the new era crap and be you.

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