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Charming duo offer feminist country with hooks and wit

Maddie & Tae

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A country duo who got together in their teens, Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye topped the country charts last year with “Girl in a Country Song,” a sly shot at Nashville sexism in the era of the bro. Their first studio album offers more variations on that theme — check the hooky “Shut Up and Fish,” about a horndog city dude who ruins a trip to the lake by “gettin’ closer, slidin’ over, crowdin’ up my castin’ shoulder.” Even when the sentiments are more traditional, though, Maddie & Tae sound tough-minded and stout-hearted. On the acoustic ballad “After the Storm Blows Through,” they offer shelter to a troubled guy who sounds like he deserves it — at least as boys in country songs go.


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