17 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Luke Combs could’ve relied on a formula popular with so many of his country peers during the 2010s: swaggeringly flirtatious, beat-driven jams. Instead, he circled back to the evergreen country approach of placing a persuasive persona at the heart of his music, and quickly fired up a fanbase with his way of inhabiting the good-humored blue-collar regular guy role. It helped that his songwriting was sturdy and clever and his performances hearty. On the follow-up to Combs’ blockbuster 2017 debut, that vantage point is even more robust, and also more knowing. “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” a propulsive honky-tonk number that initially appeared on an EP, is a mischievous take on avoiding emotional investment in anything with the potential to disappoint, and “1, 2 Many” is a vigorous barroom boogie featuring Brooks & Dunn—experts at that style—and full of playfully cocky bragging about boozy bad behavior. “I think country music fans like songs that they can drink and have a good time to,” Combs tells Apple Music. “The fast-pumping rhythms and big Telecaster guitars take you back to what country music was like in the ’90s. Country fans are starved for an uptempo song, and that’s what this is.”

Combs is equally charismatic delivering more sensitive songs, like the romantic ballad “Nothing Like You” and “Does to Me,” a collaboration with Eric Church that takes pride in down-to-earth sincerity. In "New Every Day" and "Every Little Bit Helps," Combs brings satisfyingly agile exertion to hooks that would humble a lesser singer. He continued his partnership with producer Scott Moffatt and core co-writer Ray Fulcher on this 17-song set, re-energizing both muscular and supple sounds learned from a couple of generations of hard country predecessors.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Luke Combs could’ve relied on a formula popular with so many of his country peers during the 2010s: swaggeringly flirtatious, beat-driven jams. Instead, he circled back to the evergreen country approach of placing a persuasive persona at the heart of his music, and quickly fired up a fanbase with his way of inhabiting the good-humored blue-collar regular guy role. It helped that his songwriting was sturdy and clever and his performances hearty. On the follow-up to Combs’ blockbuster 2017 debut, that vantage point is even more robust, and also more knowing. “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” a propulsive honky-tonk number that initially appeared on an EP, is a mischievous take on avoiding emotional investment in anything with the potential to disappoint, and “1, 2 Many” is a vigorous barroom boogie featuring Brooks & Dunn—experts at that style—and full of playfully cocky bragging about boozy bad behavior. “I think country music fans like songs that they can drink and have a good time to,” Combs tells Apple Music. “The fast-pumping rhythms and big Telecaster guitars take you back to what country music was like in the ’90s. Country fans are starved for an uptempo song, and that’s what this is.”

Combs is equally charismatic delivering more sensitive songs, like the romantic ballad “Nothing Like You” and “Does to Me,” a collaboration with Eric Church that takes pride in down-to-earth sincerity. In "New Every Day" and "Every Little Bit Helps," Combs brings satisfyingly agile exertion to hooks that would humble a lesser singer. He continued his partnership with producer Scott Moffatt and core co-writer Ray Fulcher on this 17-song set, re-energizing both muscular and supple sounds learned from a couple of generations of hard country predecessors.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
638 Ratings

638 Ratings

holly mv 🤠 ,

amazed, as usual

we’ve been waiting on this album for a bit and it is safe to say that it did not disappoint! luke, the writers, and the band do such a good job on blending all types of country into one album so it can please everybody. i have also never written a review for an album before, so that goes to show how much i LOVE what you see is what you get!!!

GeorgiaRoots92 ,

From a TOP FAN

I’ve never in my whole life ever heard of a more relatable, down to earth, genuine artist. Luke is not just an awesomely, truly talented artist, but the way he treats his fans shows his true character. I have loved every album since the beginning and they just keep getting better. It’s rare you’ll find a whole album and love every song it includes, but I always have. It’s as if he’s singing to me! I feel every word. The songs tell stories. What you see is what you get is an epitome of luke! He’s just a good ol boy. Reasons and better together were long awaited by the fans like me that have been there since the beginning, there’s the number ones like beer never broke my heart tracks 1 through 6, but my favorites are what you see is what you get, Dear today, all over again and nothing like you! I hope one day, in this lifetime, I’ll get to meet luke! So Luke, if for some reason you happen to see this, remember me!!

Jam5287 ,

Jesus...

I don’t know how he gets so much love. His music sounds the same, it’s either drinking or a break up. I will say that it doesn’t sound super overproduced like almost every other country song but that’s really the only positive. He’s overrated and overplayed and overhyped.. please let his career die. Seriously.

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