Even after 15 years, the ever-popular NOW records are still going strong, despite a decline in record sales after the emergence of iTunes. The famed NOW franchise is back with a new release, NOW That's What I Call Country Ballads, featuring 18 monster ballads from hit-makers such as Chris Young and Kenny Chesney to Shania Twain and George Strait.
This is definitely a modern-day collection of country ballads, so if you're expecting to find "He Stopped Loving Her Today" or "The Dance" on this record, you might be disappointed. Instead, you'll find Sara Evans' rendition of Edwin McCain's "I Could Not Ask For More," Martina McBride's latest tear-jerker, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," Dierks Bentley's risque "Come a Little Closer," and Carrie Underwood's take on the famous Randy Travis classic, "I Told You So."
This album is definitely aimed towards a younger audience with songs from crossover artists like Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, and Lady Antebellum, all of whom have had just as much success on pop radio as they have in the country genre. The record also features former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker's debut single as a country artist, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," which I still say is his strongest single to date.
If you're not high-tech with all the latest MP3s and gadgets, this would be a great record to buy if you want some of the greatest country ballads released in the last 10 years or so. Or, you could just turn on your radio - I hear these songs multiple times a day, so it's nothing new or out of the ordinary. But, like I said, it's a good record to have on hand in the car if you want some good country slow songs. The NOW records are available wherever records are sold, including online via iTunes and Amazon.
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