The Brothers Osborne hail from a small town in Maryland and they don’t try to be anyone they’re not. This quality becomes unmistakable in their debut album Pawn Shop, which is one of the most anticipated albums of 2016. It isn’t hard to see why anticipation for the album was so high once you hear the first song “Dirt Rich,” a fun song with a good beat. This song starts Pawn Shop on a twang – literally. “Dirt Rich” is a song that gets the listener going and singing along. It’s just as catchy as Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane.”
The album then moves on to “21 Summer,” which intertwines old country with some new. It brings back memories of how things used to be and you can almost feel the summer breeze as you listen. Anyone could get lost in this song with a gentle wind blowing through their hair. “21 Summer” is not only music, it’s the feeling of summer in your ears.
The third song on the album is their hit “Stay a Little Longer.” What really surprised me about the album version was the extended guitar solo at the end. The radio version cuts off this solo, but the album version feels like you’re standing in the middle of a crowd at a rock concert. You’ll be strumming your air guitar trying to make sense of what just happened when you hear it.
As if the guitar solo at the end of “Stay A Little Longer” wasn’t enough, here comes the title track “Pawn Shop.” It’s an amazing instrumental piece using outlaw country as their model. I feel like this song could be the theme song for a John Wayne movie.
This album seriously couldn’t get any better…And then it does, with “Loving Me Back” featuring Lee Ann Womack. This is a song that you can’t just listen to once. When it’s done you just have to play it over and over. Womack adds a dynamic to the song that makes the listener want to get in the car and drive for miles with this song on repeat! If you aren’t convinced to buy this album already, buy it just for this song alone. There’s no other country song like it and I don’t think there ever will be. This, ladies and gentleman, is what country music is all about. I can’t believe my ears!
The album concludes with “Greener Pastures” and comes full circle with a similar feel as “Dirt Rich.” It’s a song that gets your foot tapping without realizing it. It really makes you want to get up and dance. This song about moving on to brighter and better things meshes clever lyrics with a great rhythm. “Greener Pastures” is the perfect song to end the album as it shows fans the diversity in the Brothers Osbourne’s music.
I would go as far to say that Pawn Shop will be the best album to come out in 2016. It’s different from the same old country radio. Brothers Osborne are the future of country music.