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article imageReview: Cole Swindell charms on eponymous debut studio album Special

By Markos Papadatos     Feb 19, 2014 in Entertainment
Warner Music Nashville recording country artist Cole Swindell released his eponymous debut studio album on February 18, 2014.
He co-wrote 11 out of the 12 tracks on the record.
The CD opens with the upbeat and fun "Hey Ya'll," immediately grasping the listener's attention.
It is followed by his smash hit single "Chillin' It," which is one of the best songs on country radio that I've heard in a while, due to its catchy nature. "Swayin'," the only song that he did not write, is a neat ballad that changes the pace of the album.
He co-wrote "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" with country duo Florida Georgia Line and this tune has a lot of potential to become a future hit radio single for Swindell.
"Let Me See Ya Girl" is another prime cut that and "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" is an equally well-crafted tune.
In the up-tempo "Brought To You By Beer," he showcases his country-rock side, while "I Just Want You" is a melodically-stunning ballad, where he displays his soothing vocals.
"Get Up" has an uplifting message to it, and "A Dozen Roses and a Six-Pack" is a song that I can listen to all day, similar to his lead single "Chillin' It." This tune is clever and solid, since either way if the narrator's girl does or does not come back home, it's going to be a win-win for him, since he can treat her to a "dozen roses" or treat himself to a "six-pack."
It closes with "Down Home Boys" and "The Back Roads and the Back Row," the latter of which ought to become the next "Dirt Road Anthem" by country mega-star Jason Aldean.
The Verdict
Overall, Cole Swindell does a great job on his debut studio album. The songs on here are polished and infectious. There are no filler tracks on here. It garners 5 out of 5 stars, making it one of the best debut country albums of the year.
To learn more about country singer Cole Swindell, visit his website.
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