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Tim McGraw

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK - The ABC Television Network airs "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). (Eric Gebhart/ABC via Getty Images)

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Tim McGraw is an eccentric centrist who can dodge the headlock of country-radio culture. So admire “Lookin’ for That Girl,” a hilarious robo-pop earworm radical enough to spur both a Twitter revolt among fans and a radio version dialing back the Auto-Tune. At 47, dude clearly wants relevance with his eminence, as his 13th studio set shows. Alongside the above, it’s hit-or-miss. “Keep on Truckin’,” co-penned by the Warren Brothers, is likable graybeard bro country; the ham-handed, tough-loving “Kids Today,” less so. Per usual, the character studies shine brightest. Proof: “Sick of Me,” a self-loathing take-me-back plea – a reminder that, like Bill Clinton, another great Southern centrist, McGraw is best when he’s feeling your pain.


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