Music: Kane Brown

Released: December 2, 2016

By: Kane Brown

Kane Brown is one of the newer voices in country music and he’s definitely changing the game. The release of his first album is continual proof that country is being redefined.

While “Thunder in the Rain” is the lead single and a definite hit, most of his other songs are better. There’s clear thought into the lyrics, which bring a new style that hooks you. In some songs, you can hear the drawl of his southern voice, but on others he brings rap and pop flairs in as well.

One of the best songs on the album – and in country music during its 2017 promotion – is “What Ifs,” a duet with American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina. Though it brings power, Brown and Alaina had also been classmates and you can feel their connection.

Final say: A stellar debut. ★★★★★

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