12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The country music world has long been a domain of specialists—where producers need to have different skill sets than professional songwriters, and session players than touring musicians. The five members of Old Dominion—Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, Whit Sellers, and Brad Tursi—sort of backed their way into doing all of those jobs as a group. They started off the 2010s writing hits for other acts and occasionally teaming up to perform their compositions around Nashville, but found that they clicked as a band straddling the soft side of rock and the pop side of country and went with it. Their self-titled third album makes the things they’re most accomplished at—clever craftsmanship and polished interplay—seem easygoing, even effortless. “One Man Band” and “Hear You Now” are breezily articulate tracks, and “My Heart Is a Bar,” “I’ll Roll,” and the album-closing orchestrated piano ballad “Some People Do” find crisp new possibilities in familiar approaches. This set marks the first time the quintet has received producing credit alongside Shane McAnally.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The country music world has long been a domain of specialists—where producers need to have different skill sets than professional songwriters, and session players than touring musicians. The five members of Old Dominion—Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, Whit Sellers, and Brad Tursi—sort of backed their way into doing all of those jobs as a group. They started off the 2010s writing hits for other acts and occasionally teaming up to perform their compositions around Nashville, but found that they clicked as a band straddling the soft side of rock and the pop side of country and went with it. Their self-titled third album makes the things they’re most accomplished at—clever craftsmanship and polished interplay—seem easygoing, even effortless. “One Man Band” and “Hear You Now” are breezily articulate tracks, and “My Heart Is a Bar,” “I’ll Roll,” and the album-closing orchestrated piano ballad “Some People Do” find crisp new possibilities in familiar approaches. This set marks the first time the quintet has received producing credit alongside Shane McAnally.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

Sydthesquid94 ,

Music for the Soul

I went to the Old Dominion Concert Make it Sweet tour not knowing exactly what I was going into. I had stopped listening to the country station because let’s face it country isn’t like it was in the 90’s. But ! This album and this band have completely taken over my music play list. I don’t think there is one song that isn’t worth listening to on repeat. How they sound on the soundtrack is how they would live in concert. Bravo !

jws0316 ,

Unbelievable

I’ve listened to country music for only 8 years. I remember the first two times I saw Old Dominion were free shows, while they only had the EP out. There was something about the chemistry of the band that felt special. Fast forward to their third full-length album and they have matured as song writers, musicians, artists and performers. They set the bar high with ‘Happy Endings’ but with lyrics and melodies that make you have to sing and dance, OD hit a grand slam on this album. The storytelling and lyrical genius on this project is really unrivaled by any other music today. I bought this album electronically, through a preorder bundle, and despite having seen them seven times, I will purchase a ticket to their show whenever they come to my area to support their music. These guys get it.

Mr. LeviMoore ,

Good!

All the songs are good so far...

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