On December 2, 2016 country music’s fastest rising star Kane Brown released his self-titled debut album via RCA Nashville/Zone 4. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and was in the Top 10 on Billboard 200 album chart. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the 23-year-old star and some wonder how he has progressed so quickly. The answer? Talent.
Kane Brown’s self-titled album is one with a story, and while he draws a fine line between the more passionate tracks and the easy listening flirty tracks that seem to be a trend in today’s music world, he most certainly has a way with words.
Starting with the mid-tempo track “Hometown” and flowing right into “What Ifs” which features the amazingly talented Lauren Alaina, we learn right away that he does not follow a certain style – as each track is different in its own way. Then you have the incredibly powerful and vulnerable “Learning” which describes his childhood and the struggles he endured. It’s a daunting and heart-wrecking track and showcases his songwriting ability as well as his wide-variety of music influences.
The album also has fun and enticing tracks such as “Thunder In The Rain” and “Pull It Off” which seem to be fan favorites. However, “Cold Spot” is the best track on the album. Its country music sound makes it enjoyable, with meaningful lyrics that make it personal. Quite frankly, it’s the style and sound that he does best. It’s flawless.
The entire album is well written, enjoyable and memorable. Kane Brown continues to impress. His humble demeanor and raspy baritone make him one to look out for in 2017. You don’t have to like him, you don’t have to listen to his music – but deny his talent? You simply cannot.
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