Title - 'NOW That's What I Call Country 4' (UMe)
Artist - Various
'NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY, VOL. 4' is the latest, ultimate country music hits collection from those EMI people that created this incredible cash machine simply known as NOW!
'VOL. 4' includes 18 of today's hottest country hits including 11 #1 singles from the biggest artists in country today - and, in one notable case, yesteryear also!
Curiously, Lady Antebellum's slow-paced 'Hello World' is the first track, which makes no sense to me, as one would assume everyone would like to have gotten the country party started with some upbeat flair! The Band Perry's 'If I Die Young' doesn't exactly help either as Kimberly Perry's vocal is delicious, sure, but the beat just ain't there yet either!
Blake Shelton doesn't help matters either as his 'Who Are You When I'm Not Looking' gently slides its way out next, but the tempo does rise (somewhat) when 'Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not' by husband and wife team Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) follows. But then, Lord O' Mighty, suddenly the bouncy, always-fun-to-listen-to 'Stuck Like Glue' from Sugarland takes us on the ride I've been long waiting for on this CD!
Carrie Underwood's rockier-than-usual 'Undo It' is next (and no, ever since her appearance alongside Steven Tyler on the American Idol finale this year re: 'Undo It' & 'Walk This Way' I still can't get her legs and vibe out of my head when I hear this damn song!), followed by 'Put You In A Song' from the always dependable Keith Urban. Easton Corbin's generic 'Roll With It' and 'Only Prettier' from country fav Miranda Lambert are next, with 'Smoke A Little Smoke' from Eric Church and Chris Youngs' inspirational 'Voices' following thereafter.
The generic 'Someone Else Calling You Baby' from Luke Bryan is next with country new boy Darius Rucker's 'Come Back Song' backing it. Jerrod Niemann's nice 'What Do You Want' is followed by 'Let Me Down Easy' from Billy Currington, before country blockbuster Taylor Swift gives us 'Back To December.'
Zac Brown Band's piano-infused 'Colder Weather' is second to last, before the CD is finally rounded off with the straight-from-the-hip (all pun intended!) tale 'The Breath You Take' from the one, the only, George Strait. Someone who keeps on churning out classic-sounding songs that tell tales quite like no other in the business.