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Country - Released June 22, 2018 | Warner Records

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On their third album, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney extend their contemporary poetry. Dan+Shay pays tribute to country pop thanks to the balance found by both men during their collaboration. Sensitive but in no way tedious, they launch Alone Together with a punchy drum intro. Perfectly balanced and catchy country rock music, softened by the two accomplices’ smooth and light vocals. An intimate and imaginary universe transpires from their compositions. Sincere and humble, their stories are those of daily lives anyone can relate to, like in the track Tequila. A Proust madeleine of sorts, in which tequila sneakily replaced the madeleine… Love, at the very least romance, are central themes for Smyers and Mooney. Keeping Score therefore comes as no surprise, halfway between Shay and Kelly Clarkson. A romantic ballad introduced by a piano solo and quickly caught up by the union of two voices that seem to be made for each other. But the duo also preserves the musical heritage of a more traditional country music, highlighted in My Side of the Fence intro with a mandolin and steel guitar. A pop country album that radiates youthful energy and preaches harmony among all beings. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Country - Released January 11, 2018 | Warner Records

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Country - Released October 4, 2019 | Warner Music Nashville

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Country - Released June 7, 2019 | Warner Records

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Country - Released June 3, 2016 | Warner Records

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"Obsessed" seems too strong a word for Dan + Shay, the country-pop duo who seem constitutionally allergic to any forceful emotion. Hardness is anathema to this Nashville pair, something that was evident on their 2014 debut, Where It All Began, but its 2016 sequel doubles down on softness, offering a syrupy reduction of Rascal Flatts' sweetest moments. This is the essence of Dan + Shay, but they're clever, realizing that they can't simply recycle Y2K adult contemporary crossovers in 2016. They may not accentuate the fleet-footed hooks of "Nothin' Like You," the 2015 Top Ten hit that could've provided a foundation for a modern R&B-savvy update of their sound, but they do sometimes spit out quick rhymes and rely on densely sequenced rhythms, loops that provide a background that's a shade too busy for the group's anodyne harmonies. Even if the production often overwhelms the duo's personalities, that is part of the album's appeal: it's music that drifts into the background in a mall, office, car, or lifestyle. Oddly, the title track provides an exception that proves the rule. By stripping away the modern accouterments and relying on a classic slow-burning Southern soul foundation, "Obsessed" shows that Dan + Shay can sell a song, plus they sound more convincing unadorned. The rest of the record, though, is enjoyable background music where the singers are incidental to the album's charms. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released May 18, 2018 | Warner Records

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Country - Released April 1, 2014 | Warner Records

There's pop country and there's POP country, and Dan + Shay show they aren't the least bit afraid of polish or studio trickery on their first full-length album, 2014's Where It All Began. Strip away the occasional banjo and mandolin accents on these songs and filter out the mild Southern accents in the voices of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, and most of the songs on Where It All Began would fit pop radio like a charm, especially as they toss some double-time rap-style vocals on "19 You + Me," harmonize about romancing hot babes during Spring Break on "Stop Drop," hit a secluded make-out spot in "Somewhere Only We Know," and dreamily rhapsodize about first love on "First Time Feeling" (on the latter, the signifier that this is supposed to be country is that George Strait is playing on the car radio instead of, say, Katy Perry). As far as craft goes, Dan + Shay clearly know what they're doing and are remarkably canny; there's enough digital sheen in this music (especially in the Auto-Tuned and carefully sculpted harmonies) to pass muster with any discerning pop-crazed listener, while at the same time, they sound like regular guys whose antics seem benign even when they're putting on their best moves to impress the ladies (heck, they don't fight, they hardly ever drink, and when they talk about "sippin'," it turns out to be iced tea rather than anything you need an ID or prescription to buy). If country radio needs clean-cut but hunky young men to croon with maximum professionalism for a younger demographic with a fondness for current pop, there's no question Dan + Shay can fill the bill, and Where It All Began shows they do what they do very well indeed. Of course, some folks might ask what this has to do with country music, and not without reason, but it's not as if we live in a world where this will get played back to back with Johnny Cash -- or George Strait. ~ Mark Deming
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Country - Released June 22, 2018 | Warner Records

It's not quite right to say Dan + Shay play it safe on Dan + Shay, their third album, because they're looking to sustain the success they had with 2014's Where It All Began and 2016's Obsessed. Playing it safe has been central to Dan + Shay's identity since "19 You + Me" climbed its way up the charts in 2013. Arriving at the peak of party-hearty bro-country, Where It All Began adhered to traditional country-pop values: the surfaces were sleek and glossy and the focus was entirely on the softly insistent melodies, which were delivered by Dan + Shay without flair. Four years later, the duo haven't changed their modus operandi, nor have they freshened it much. Largely ignoring the wave of R&B sweeping through modern country -- "What Keeps You Up at Night" has a touch of Southern-fried soul, but it's a throwback to the '60s; "No Such Thing" contains a light rhythm loop, along with allusions to sipping gin and juice -- Dan + Shay is another collection of music that's designed to comfort, not provoke. The duo are so sweet and light they can make Rascal Flatts seem like rowdy renegades, but that's the entire reason for Dan + Shay's being: they're making music designed to be the background for every everyday occasion, whether it's a wedding ("Speechless") or whiling away the hours in a waiting room (pretty much the rest of the album). Dan + Shay may not be much more than aural wallpaper but that's all it's intended to be and, on that level, it's well executed: it's so slick and smooth, it doesn't make a single wave. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Pop - Released March 21, 2019 | Warner Records

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Country - Released May 3, 2018 | Warner Records

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Country - Released April 7, 2019 | Warner Records

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Pop - Released July 4, 2018 | Warner Records

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Country - Released June 3, 2016 | Warner Records

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Country - Released January 10, 2019 | Warner Records

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Country - Released February 3, 2017 | Atlantic Records

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Country - Released February 5, 2016 | Warner Records

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Country - Released August 9, 2018 | Warner Records

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Country - Released November 27, 2019 | Warner Music Nashville

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Pop - Released August 31, 2018 | Warner Records

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Country - Released March 11, 2014 | Warner Records