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Happy Endings

Old Dominion

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Old Dominion occupy a distinct position in 2017's Nashville, happily playing to the center when their peers are either gunning for outlaw cred or angling for a stylish R&B-country fusion. With Happy Endings -- the group's second album, following their 2015 debut Meat and Candy by two years -- Old Dominion emphasize their light touch with the melodic mainstream, crafting an album so tuneful and supple it feels designed to slide onto adult-oriented playlists anywhere from the glory days of Urban Cowboy to the present day. Thanks to producer Shane McAnally, the album firmly belongs in the latter camp -- it has a pleasant digital sheen, filled with little percolating details -- but the songcraft of this writing collective is so strong, it's not hard to imagine the individual tunes appearing at other points in Music City history. For instance, if the breezy "Shoe Shopping" had an analog makeover, it could be played on country-pop radio at the dawn of the '80s and "New York at Night" is majestic enough to suggest sky-scraping adult contemporary anthems of the '90s. Old Dominion cleverly thread modern themes -- not to mention the occasional targeted profanity -- into their songs, so their tales of heartache and love feel fresh and also specific. Images of text bubbles, ruined jeans, and a forgotten hotel give the songs a contemporary feel that nicely complements the classicist construction. Since Happy Endings flows so easily, it may be easy to glide along with its slick surfaces, but a close listen reveals not only the sturdiness of the songs but the cleverness of the production -- and, if anybody is still doubting the smarts behind Old Dominion and McAnally, they close the proceedings with a live cut called "Can't Get You." Loud and bold, "Can't Get You" proves Old Dominion can do more than mellow pop, but the rest of Happy Endings is so irresistibly smooth, it's no wonder the group decided to emphasize their soft side here.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
No Such Thing as a Broken Heart
00:02:57

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Producer - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Trevor Rosen, Composer, Lyricist - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Lyricist - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Ryan Gore, Percussion - Whit Sellers, Drums - Jesse Frasure, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Shoe Shopping
00:03:43

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Trevor Rosen, Acoustic Guitar - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Brad Tursi, Electric Guitar - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Luke Laird, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Not Everything's About You
00:03:55

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Producer - Trevor Rosen, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Ryan Gore, Percussion - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Andrew Dorff, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Hotel Key
00:02:47

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Producer - Trevor Rosen, Composer, Lyricist - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Brad Tursi, Electric Guitar - Ryan Gore, Percussion - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Josh Osborne, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Be with Me
00:02:51

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Producer - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Ryan Gore, Percussion - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Ross Copperman, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Written in the Sand
00:03:06

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Matthew Ramsey, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Trevor Rosen, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Shane McAnally, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Ryan Gore, Programmer - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

7
So You Go
00:02:48

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Producer - Kristopher Donegan, Acoustic Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Ryan Gore, Programmer - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Trevor Rosen, Composer, Lyricist - Andrew Dorff, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Stars in the City
00:03:20

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Little Big Town, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Old Dominion feat. Little Big Town, Associated Performer - Shane McAnally, Producer - Karen Fairchild - Jimi Westbrook - Phillip Sweet - Trevor Rosen, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Kimberly Schlapman - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Ryan Gore, Percussion - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Josh Osborne, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

9
New York at Night
00:03:35

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Producer - Trevor Rosen, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Electric Guitar - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Ryan Gore, Programmer - Geoff Sprung, Synthesizer - Whit Sellers, Drums - Jordan Schmidt, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

10
A Girl Is a Gun
00:02:56

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Producer - Trevor Rosen, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Synthesizer - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Ryan Gore, Programmer - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Matt Jenkins, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Still Writing Songs About You
00:03:37

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Shane McAnally, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Trevor Rosen, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Kristopher Donegan, Electric Guitar - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Dave Cohen, Piano - Brad Tursi, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Ryan Gore, Percussion - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Can't Get You (Live)
00:03:13

Old Dominion, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Trevor Rosen - Matthew Ramsey, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist - Brad Tursi, Electric Guitar - Geoff Sprung, Bass - Whit Sellers, Drums - Shane McAnally, Producer - Andrew Dorff, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Osborne, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Old Dominion occupy a distinct position in 2017's Nashville, happily playing to the center when their peers are either gunning for outlaw cred or angling for a stylish R&B-country fusion. With Happy Endings -- the group's second album, following their 2015 debut Meat and Candy by two years -- Old Dominion emphasize their light touch with the melodic mainstream, crafting an album so tuneful and supple it feels designed to slide onto adult-oriented playlists anywhere from the glory days of Urban Cowboy to the present day. Thanks to producer Shane McAnally, the album firmly belongs in the latter camp -- it has a pleasant digital sheen, filled with little percolating details -- but the songcraft of this writing collective is so strong, it's not hard to imagine the individual tunes appearing at other points in Music City history. For instance, if the breezy "Shoe Shopping" had an analog makeover, it could be played on country-pop radio at the dawn of the '80s and "New York at Night" is majestic enough to suggest sky-scraping adult contemporary anthems of the '90s. Old Dominion cleverly thread modern themes -- not to mention the occasional targeted profanity -- into their songs, so their tales of heartache and love feel fresh and also specific. Images of text bubbles, ruined jeans, and a forgotten hotel give the songs a contemporary feel that nicely complements the classicist construction. Since Happy Endings flows so easily, it may be easy to glide along with its slick surfaces, but a close listen reveals not only the sturdiness of the songs but the cleverness of the production -- and, if anybody is still doubting the smarts behind Old Dominion and McAnally, they close the proceedings with a live cut called "Can't Get You." Loud and bold, "Can't Get You" proves Old Dominion can do more than mellow pop, but the rest of Happy Endings is so irresistibly smooth, it's no wonder the group decided to emphasize their soft side here.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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