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Country - Released October 18, 2019 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released April 26, 2019 | Mercury Nashville

It took Maddie & Tae nearly four years to deliver a follow-up to Start Here and its two hits, "Girl in a Country Song" and "Fly." When it did arrive, it was in the form of One Heart to Another, a five-song EP that contained the minor 2018 single "Friends Don't," and "Die from a Broken Heart." Part of the long delay could be chalked up to their label Dot folding in 2017, an event that led them to UMG Nashville. Unfortunately, that doesn't quite explain how the One Heart to Another EP feels frozen in time, as if it was recorded in 2015, not 2019. The duo remains appealing -- their harmonies flow easily, their original compositions are considered and sturdy -- but the hazy, soft-focused production of the EP feels slightly out of fashion in 2019. Trapped between old-fashioned pop-country and adult contemporary, the music is as comforting as a warm bath yet lacking any of the clever, defiant wit of Start Here. The one track that doesn't sound overly smooth and polished is "New Dog Old Tricks," a bright country-rocker that pulses to a sequenced beat, but the gaiety feels forced. Nevertheless, the track helps put One Heart to Another into perspective, showing that Maddie & Tae have a lot of old-school Nashville gifts, even if that talent may mean that they sometimes sound a little old-fashioned at times. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released June 2, 2015 | Dot Records

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Maddie & Tae constructed their initial single, "Girl in a Country Song," as a battle cry camouflaged as satire: it took dead aim at the bros, but the duo smiled as they sank in the shiv. Clever as it was, "Girl in a Country Song" ran the risk of pegging Maddie & Tae as a novelty act but their full-length 2015 debut, Start Here, proves the hit was an opening salvo in a long-term mission to take back the contemporary country airwaves from hunks in tight jeans. Start Here is a proudly female album in addition to being a record that fully embraces the joys and occasional sorrows of being young, smart, funny, and ambitious. Given their precocious, pop-friendly attitude and association with Big Machine Records, it's easy to compare Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye to Taylor Swift, but Maddie & Tae emulate neither the skillful adolescent poetry nor the folky fragility of early Swift. They're an unabashed country act, gliding between heartbreak harmonies and punch lines with aplomb, the gilded ease masquerading the careful craft behind these 11 songs, every one of which bears songwriting credits by the duo. Craft is always a key component of the Nashville machine and producer Dann Huff ensures that Start Here follows the contours of commercial country; this isn't outsider music, this is bright, shiny country that cherishes polish as much as twang. The reason Start Here feels fresh lies entirely with Maddie & Tae, how they're tomboys who wish their boyfriend would just "Shut Up and Fish," how they feel as genuine when they're settling into sentiment on "Fly" as they do on "Sierra" when they pray for the downfall of a mean girl. In another's hands, such scheming could seem crass or nasty but placed in the context of Start Here, where it's surrounded by both sweetness and swagger, it simply adds another dimension to an album that embodies all the complex contradictions and unfettered optimism of modern country-pop in 2015. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released October 18, 2019 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released November 4, 2014 | Dot Records - Republic Records

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Country - Released October 19, 2018 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released July 19, 2019 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released October 1, 2019 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released March 1, 2019 | Mercury Nashville

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Ambient/New Age - Released November 8, 2019 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released April 27, 2018 | Mercury Nashville

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Country - Released November 4, 2014 | Dot Records

Following the success of the Oklahoma/Texas country duo's debut single, "Girl in a Country Song," which lampooned the many clichés abundant in the so-called "bro-country" songs on country radio, Maddie & Tae have released a four-song EP that not only includes "Girl in a Country Song" but three other songs that the two singers, still in their teens, also wrote or co-wrote. ~ Steve Leggett