Popular country singer and songwriter Braid Paisley debuted his first self-produced album on April 9, 2013. The West Virginia native released “Wheelhouse” with the help of LL Cool J, Charlie Daniels, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Mat Kearney and British comedian Eric Idle, marking Paisley’s eighth studio album.
Although many country artists have blended pop music into their sound in order to become more radio-friendly, Brad Paisley sticks to his country roots wholeheartedly on “Wheelhouse.” The 17-track album shows how far Paisley has come since his first hit single, “Who Needs Pictures,” winning countless awards and going on numerous sold-out tours. The songs on “Wheelhouse” have an edgier feel to them than what fans are used to hearing but are still catchy and perfect for the warm weather.
“Southern Comfort Zone” leads off the album and emphasizes how Paisley is coming out of his own “comfort zone” with its contemporary feel. “Accidental Racists” brings deep lyrics and meaning to the album by discussing race in the south. LL Cool J is featured on the track and gives the song more depth and interest. The song is creating controversy amongst artists, but Paisley and Cool J both defend the song. The current single, “Beat this Summer,” is already taking off among fans and although it is not yet summer, everyone seems to be happily preparing for the season.
Overall, “Wheelhouse” has the classic Paisley elements that fans know and love but shows growth and development from the artist – something that is much appreciated.
The Setonian gives this 5 out of 5 stars.
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