Modern country artists tend to get a lot of hate from non-country fans (and sometimes with good reason), but you have to approach some of these albums in a different way. If you enter into Kane Brown’s, Mixtape Vol. 1, with the mindset that it is not a country or R&B album, but instead, a fusion of the two, you open yourself up to appreciate the inventiveness and creativity. Certainly, some of the songs lean one way or the other, but that is the beauty. Brown is trying to be no one but himself, and that deserves respect. “Worship You” and “Last Time I Say Sorry” could fit on an R&B Album, and the fun, simple country song “BFE” could have been a throwback Alan Jackson hit. The song that will have a lasting impact, however, is “Worldwide Beautiful”. It’s perfectly timed message of equality will ring true for years to come.
Release date: August 13, 2020
Similar artist(s): Chris Lane, Thomas Rey, John Legend
Top tracks: Worldwide Beautiful, Worship You, BFE