Chase Rice released his fifth studio album last week (un-creatively titled “The Album”) and C.R. fans won’t be disappointed. Chase’s distinct vocal presence is prominent throughout, and he never strays too far while mostly breaking up and making up.
But there are a few surprises.
Listening to the album front to back offers a notable evolution of style. The album’s first few tracks are, perhaps disappointingly, reminiscent of Chase’s first commercial hits (“Ready Set Roll”, etc.).
The cuts deeper into 15 song release are… well, deeper.
The album’s first two singles – “Lonely If You Are” and “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen” – have already achieved notable charting success (Top 25 Billboard Country Singles), but the album’s real gems may never chart.
There’s some notable storytelling in cuts 9 and 10 with “Break. Up. Drunk” and “Down Home Runs Deep”.
And for my money, the peak of the release is a simple country love song.
Just in time for wedding season, “Forever To Go” stands out as the album’s top track. In a break from Chase’s usual Luke Bryan-meets-FGL-style, ‘Forever’ is subtle, sweet, and simple; and could just as easily have been recorded by Eric Church.