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Aug 4

GAC Album Review: Ronnie Milsap’s Country Again

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Ronnie Milsap's 2011 CD, Country Again.

Grand Ole Opry member and American music legend Ronnie Milsap has country in his soul. With 40 No. 1 country hits to his credit, third only to George Strait and Conway Twitty, he has already cemented a place for himself in the cathedral of holy honky tonks. On Country Again, his first new country set in five years, Ronnie shines as he once again shows how it’s done.

First and foremost, Country Again is couuuunnn-try. The overall feel is a blend of Nashville Sound (think strings, delicate supporting harmonies and a nice polish), honky tonk and pop production that stays true to Ronnie’s classic sound of the ’70s and ’80s. Songs like “A Better Word For Love,” an acoustic ballad with strings and a dreamy chorus, showcase Ronnie’s tender voice as he sings, Tonight when I’m out walking, I’ll ask the stars above/ if out there, somewhere, there’s a better word for love. His inflection and ability to squeeze every ounce of expression out of a single note are compelling. “You’re The Reason I’m Living” is a slow-burning love song with layered harmonies. Here, Ronnie lets all the twang hang out singing, A long long time ago, when I was down/ you picked me up and showed me true love still could be found.

Produced by Ronnie and Rob Galbraith, the twang is joyfully strong on Country Again. The repetitive, dirty electric guitar riff of the album’s title track sets the scene for some brilliant honky tonk twists. “Country Again” starts in straightforward, standard 4/4 time Continue Reading

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