At 33, Niemann is a reformed hat act with wildly catholic taste, and his second major-label LP subverts mainstream country tropes while chatting them up at the bar. The title track is a semi-rapped manifesto with Beck flow and an irresistible twang-pop chorus. And "Only God Could Love You More" suggests country weepers secretly crave sly drum programming. Who knew?
Listen to "Shinin' On Me":