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Jerrod Niemann

Free the Music

Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville
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October 2, 2012

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":

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