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article imageReview: Brett Eldredge masterful on new album 'Bring You Back' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Atlantic recording country artist Brett Eldredge will release his debut studio album “Bring You Back” tomorrow on August 6. I have been waiting for a full-length album from him since I first heard his song “Raymond” on the radio in late 2010.
Brett co-wrote 11 out of the 12 songs on the record.
It opens with the upbeat “Tell Me Where to Park,” and it is followed by his latest single and Top 5 hit “Don’t Ya,” which should become a chart-topping single in the next few weeks since almost every radio station in the country has it on heavy rotation.
The title cut is a stirring ballad and “On and On” has a very laid-back and relaxing vibe to it, where the listener can easily recall the vocals of country crooner Phil Vassar.
Equally compelling is “Gotta Get There” and “One Mississippi” is a stellar, piano-driven ballad which showcased his vocal range and the emotion in his voice.
“Beat of The Music” is infectious and extremely radio-friendly and worth the repeat button whether listening to it in the car or in the CD player. “Waited too Long” is another vivid story song in the collection and “Mean to Me” features his rich, baritone vocals.
One of my personal favorite tracks is the mid-tempo “Signs,” where he pays homage to his hometown, Paris, Illinois. It is addicting and it ought to be released as a radio single at some point in the future.
It is followed by his breakthrough single “Raymond,” which is the song that immersed me into Brett Eldredge’s music from the very start. It is a poignant tale of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease that lives in a nursing home that calls the maintenance worker there “Raymond,” the name of her late son who was killed in the Vietnam War. This song is filled with raw emotions and really tugs at the heartstrings. My immediate reaction upon hearing him sing that tune for the first time was that he was going to be the male version of Martina McBride, and my feelings towards Brett, almost three years later, have remained the same.
While “Don’t Ya” and “Raymond” are the two singles that brought him to national attention, the closing track “Go On Without Me” is bound to be the one that will introduce Brett to the world.
The Verdict
With “Bring You Back,” Brett Eldredge has released the best country album this year by any artist in the genre, male or female. All songs on here are flawless and they each have their own identities. What I love about this record is that it is not overdone or overproduced. The songs are well-written and sung from the heart.
It is one of those rare albums where I have six favorite songs, which include “Signs,” “One Mississippi,” “Beat of the Music,” “Go On Without Me,” “Bring You Back” and “Raymond,” all of which are utterly fantastic.
If a baseball analogy were used to describe the excellence of this album, it is safe to say that Brett has hit a grand slam with “Bring You Back.” It earns 5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on country Brett Eldredge and his new album, visit his official website.
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