Title - 'Did It For The Party'
Artist - Big & Rich
For those not in the know, Big & Rich are an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists.
Before the duo's foundation, Rich was bass guitarist in the country band Lonestar, while Kenny was a solo artist for Hollywood Records.
Their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", plus collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride.
Their sophomore album was Comin' to Your City (2005), which they followed up with Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace (2007), but then the duo went into a self-enforced hiatus. The came out of then five years later with Hillbilly Jedi (2012), then came Gravity (2014), and now they are back with a brand new album.
Released this past September 15th, 2017 via their own B$R Records, Did It For the Party brings the guys back in a tour de force of musical explosions.
2. 'Did It For The Party'
3. 'Congratulations (You're A Rockstar)'
4. 'Turns Me On'
5. 'Wake Up Wanting You'
6. 'Smoke In Her Eyes'
7. 'No Sleep'
8. 'We Come To Rawk'
9. 'Funk In The Country'
10. 'The Long Way Home'
11. 'Freedom Road'
12. 'My Son'
13. 'Lie, Cheat Or Steal'
This new album is just what their fans wanted for the grapevine has it that they were getting more and more disillusioned with the duo's work in recent years. Feeling they had lost that big ego spark, they must surely be over the moon with happiness now that Did It For The Party has been released.
From start to finish it is, well, a big album, with big noises, big sound and Big Kenny back to his vocal best. Packed chock full of surprises, clever hooks, smart lyrics, catchy hooks and melodies, there isn't a filler to be found amongst any of these 13 new cuts, trust me.
Opening with the lead single, the guitar heavy storytelling of a girl gone AWOL back to 'California', they back that up with the title track and then the vibrantly-fun 'Congratulations (You're A Rockstar)' ("Everybody know who you are, like Hendrix on a flaming guitar ..."). A little touch of electronica comes into play on 'Turns Me On', before the guitars and drums take back over on 'Wake Up Wanting You', and then the wistful 'Smoke In Her Eyes'.
Some low-fi acoustic R&B is the flavor of the day on 'No Sleep' which is followed by the balls-to-the-wall, anthemic hooks of 'We Come To Rawk' and then a wee bit more electronica seeps through on the Southern-based 'Funk In The Country'. The gentle, free flowing duo of both 'The Long Way Home' and 'Freedom Road' are next, and then the album rounds out with the heartfelt 'My Son', and then the spiritually-tinged 'Lie, Cheat Or Steal'.
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