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Mace and Crown | May 22, 2018

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Monarch Music Minute: Luke Bryan, Juicy J, K. Michelle, Walker Hayes

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Courtesy UMG Recordings, Inc.

Luke Bryan
‘What Makes You Country’
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Luke Bryan’s sixth studio album, “What Makes You Country,” highlights more of what makes his new LP successful within mainstream country pop. “Most People Are Good” and the concert anthem “Hooked On It” showcase superb musicianship. Although hit single “Light It Up” tugs at the heartstrings of a lost love, what’s lost throughout the new record are modern country’s stellar lyrical passages that go beyond this sex and drinking, pickup truck, crank-it-up, listening fodder.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy Columbia Records

Juicy J
‘Rubba Band Business’
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Rapper, songwriter and record producer Juicy J dropped his fourth studio album, “Rubba Band Business,” which features guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and Offset, among others. Highlighting the set are tracks “Feed the Streets,” “Ain’t Nothing” and “On & On” with “Flood Watch” and “No English” reinforcing J’s new life as a solo artist. The been-there, done-that vibe permeates throughout the mix with some tracks released well ahead of this compilation.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy Atlantic Recording Corporation

K. Michelle
‘KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know’
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R&B and soul songstress K. Michelle presents an emotive, 21-track offering found within her fourth studio release, “KIMBERLY: The People I Used to Know.” The Memphis, Tennessee, native’s new LP was preceded by the singles “Birthday,” “Either Way” and “Make This Song Cry.” Further enhancing the setlist are tracks “Crazy Like You,” “Kim K,” “Giving Up On Love” and “Woman of My Word” showcasing Michelle’s vocal prowess and dynamic lyricism.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy Monument Records

Walker Hayes
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Singer-songwriter Walker Hayes has released his second studio effort, “boom.” Preceded by the lead single “You Broke Up with Me” released back in June, the new album offers honesty with attitude as only Hayes can deliver. Displaying an eclectic vocal mix of beatboxing, singing and rapping, the set offers something different than what country radio normally offers. Lead track “Beautiful” takes the set into unchartered territory offering plenty of nuance for listeners. Boom.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Rating System:

💿  – Face palm.
💿  💿  – Eh…
💿  💿  💿  – We’re getting there.
💿  💿  💿  💿  – I’ll listen to it twice, even.
💿  💿  💿  💿  💿  – Hell yes!