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Andrew Combs. Canyons Of My Mind
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Andrew Combs
Andrew Combs is one of the artists turning country back on its head. While the dominance of Bro Country has been rather notable in recent years, the rise of Margo Price, Chris Stapleton and Aaron Watson has prompted a push back to solid songwriting and storytelling. While Florida Georgia Line may have reigned in their Bro sound, nothing they release will ever be on the same page as an artist of Combs' ilk. This is not a slight on Florida Georgia Line, even if it is an appraisal of Combs.

Although not an artist who is making huge waves on the international country scene currently, he is no doubt set to if he keeps delivering albums as tender as Canyons Of My Mind. For this is a record from an artist who understands the need for light and dark within each and every one of his compositions.

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His third studio release, Canyons Of My Mind, strangely manages to be his most radio friendly, whilst simultaneously his most melancholic, reflective and introverted. This is an intriguing balance that will have you gripped from the first listen and hooked for a good few listens thereafter.

While the collection does not boast a slap you in the face romp like Foolin', the brooding twists and turns will have you questioning the world that surrounds us. With Bourgeous King a poignant assessment of the US' current political dilemmas, it is in the more personal storytelling that Combs strikes the best balance. The brilliant Sleepwalker is a clear album highlight, while the strength of his falsetto on Dirty Rain would not fail to impress even the harshest critic.

Andrew Combs. Canyons Of My Mind, 19th April 2017, 16:23 PM