CD review: Tim McGraw 'Two Lanes of Freedom'

After his protracted legal battle with longtime label Curb Records, it's no wonder country music superstar Tim McGraw sounds so revved up on his debut album on Big Machine Records.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 15, 2013

The spry two-stepper “Mexicoma” mixes a barroom piano with a norteno accordion. For the album's potent closer “Highway Don't Care,” McGraw mingles voices with his new labelmate Taylor Swift — whose breakout hit was the brokenhearted ballad “Tim McGraw” — and adds Keith Urban's fiery electric guitar for good measure.

McGraw's road to emancipation has some bumps in it, including the pandering top 15 leadoff single “Truck Yeah,” with its idiotic wordplay and trendy hip-hop and rock influences, and “Southern Girl,” a similarly stylish ode to country ladies with an Auto-Tune-adorned chorus.

But the singer certainly sounds better free in the Big Machine than stuck at the Curb.

— Brandy McDonnell

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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