Review: Standing Room Only – Tim McGraw

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Tim McGraw is back with his 17th studio album which features 13 brand new tracks and was produced by McGraw and his longtime producing partner Byron Gallimore. It is a classic from McGraw full of meaningful and enduring country lyrics and melodies that inspire.

Led by the title track which sees McGraw reflecting on his past and the man he’s become, the album is a snapshot in time. His voice sounds weathered a little bit but this only adds to the emotion and authenticity of the track. We don’t often see McGraw as a songwriter, however he takes credit on one of these tracks alongside Lori McKenna and Bob Minner for ‘Nashville CA/L.A. Tennessee’, McKenna also sings with him on this track and it feels like a full circle moment for the pair. Here we hear McGraw’s vocals at their best, set to an acoustically driven production which features banjo and pedal steel in the chorus.

The stand out track for me though is the closing track, ‘Letter From Heaven’, the ballad is sure to bring a tear to the listeners eye. On the whole though, it is a record that deserves to do well, it is country through and through, in the lyrical content which details all aspects of life and in its production too. That being said, he still manages to keep it current and commercially viable, it should go all the way to the top! 

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