12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colt Ford’s fifth album, Thanks for Listening, is filled with the genre-bending fusions that define contemporary country—the Georgia singer/songwriter offers half-sung, half-rapped tunes about muddy trucks, Southern hotties, and homemade moonshine that are backed by banjos and drum sequencers. His mission, at least on the guitar-driven “Washed in the Mud,” is to "celebrate that country life that we love so much.” But the rap-inflected beats throughout much of Thanks for Listening demonstrate just how much artists like Ford (and his star-studded guest list, which includes Keith Urban, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser) have blurred the genre's conventional boundaries. When Ford offers straight-ahead pop-country party anthems (like the title track or "Farm Life”), his magnetic melodies and raunchy sense of humor shine. But a wildly eclectic tune like “Crank It Up”—with its laser-cut synth-bass, Auto-Tune vocals, and borrowed AC/DC riff—is where Ford is his most gleefully creative, orchestrating a delightfully chaotic collision of trends from across the pop spectrum.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colt Ford’s fifth album, Thanks for Listening, is filled with the genre-bending fusions that define contemporary country—the Georgia singer/songwriter offers half-sung, half-rapped tunes about muddy trucks, Southern hotties, and homemade moonshine that are backed by banjos and drum sequencers. His mission, at least on the guitar-driven “Washed in the Mud,” is to "celebrate that country life that we love so much.” But the rap-inflected beats throughout much of Thanks for Listening demonstrate just how much artists like Ford (and his star-studded guest list, which includes Keith Urban, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser) have blurred the genre's conventional boundaries. When Ford offers straight-ahead pop-country party anthems (like the title track or "Farm Life”), his magnetic melodies and raunchy sense of humor shine. But a wildly eclectic tune like “Crank It Up”—with its laser-cut synth-bass, Auto-Tune vocals, and borrowed AC/DC riff—is where Ford is his most gleefully creative, orchestrating a delightfully chaotic collision of trends from across the pop spectrum.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
313 Ratings

313 Ratings

JonDR82 ,

🎶he's got a nice voice.🎶

I like the country, bass & speed in the music.

mjbuckley ,

Awesome!

Sounds good as always Colt!

hiphop next ,

Oh My--

Boy it's amazing what passes as Country Music today. Fat guy puts on sunglasses and gets as sloppy as possible and does this . Hell, it wouldn't make it on a Rap station so you call it counrty. It's a shame and disgrace what's passed of to people as music of any kind but to call it country ------

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