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Country - Released October 6, 2017 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Kane Brown is a thoroughly modern country singer. He's social media savvy, he has a history of auditioning for music reality programs, he blends hip-hop with his country-pop, he has an R&B bent to some of his rhythms, and -- most notably -- he doesn't shy away from difficult issues. That much is made clear from "Learning," a song where he raps about being a domestic abuse survivor -- tough stuff that goes down a bit easier due to its shiny modern production. "Learning" also suggests Brown has grander ambitions than he actually does, as the rest of his 2016 eponymous debut follows familiar bro-country paths. Brown spends as much time working the party-hearty territory of Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line as he does with the R&B-inflected romance of Sam Hunt -- to break things up a bit, he dabbles in the hometown nostalgia of Eric Church ("Cold Spot") -- which gives Kane Brown some range. Brown sounds equally at home with "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" -- an open-highway anthem in the vein of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" -- as he does with the simmering seduction of "Thunder in the Rain," and while that versatility is impressive, it also gives the sense that Brown is attempting whatever sound that might land him on the charts. On the plus side, this also means that listening to Kane Brown is a little like listening to a half-hour of modern country radio: there's just enough variety of sounds to keep things interesting and it all goes down smooth. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released December 2, 2016 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Kane Brown is a thoroughly modern country singer. He's social media savvy, he has a history of auditioning for music reality programs, he blends hip-hop with his country-pop, he has an R&B bent to some of his rhythms, and -- most notably -- he doesn't shy away from difficult issues. That much is made clear from "Learning," a song where he raps about being a domestic abuse survivor -- tough stuff that goes down a bit easier due to its shiny modern production. "Learning" also suggests Brown has grander ambitions than he actually does, as the rest of his 2016 eponymous debut follows familiar bro-country paths. Brown spends as much time working the party-hearty territory of Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line as he does with the R&B-inflected romance of Sam Hunt -- to break things up a bit, he dabbles in the hometown nostalgia of Eric Church ("Cold Spot") -- which gives Kane Brown some range. Brown sounds equally at home with "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" -- an open-highway anthem in the vein of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" -- as he does with the simmering seduction of "Thunder in the Rain," and while that versatility is impressive, it also gives the sense that Brown is attempting whatever sound that might land him on the charts. On the plus side, this also means that listening to Kane Brown is a little like listening to a half-hour of modern country radio: there's just enough variety of sounds to keep things interesting and it all goes down smooth. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released October 6, 2017 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Country - Released November 9, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Country - Released June 7, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Country - Released April 13, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Country - Released March 25, 2016 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Tennessee-born Kane Brown is a country singer who first found fame by taking his music directly to the people. In 2014, Brown began posting homemade videos of himself performing some of this favorite songs, and he soon became a viral sensation. In the fall of 2015, Brown's performance of George Strait's "Check Yes or No" racked up more than seven million views. After self-releasing an EP of original material, Brown made his first entry into the country charts, and Nashville began to sit up and take notice. In early 2016, Brown signed a major-label recording deal with Sony Music Nashville. Released on March 16, 2016, Chapter 1 is a five-song EP that takes Brown's career to the next level. Featuring five new songs (four co-written by the singer) and polished production, the EP finds Brown poised to join the new generation of 21st century country stars. ~ Mark Deming
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Country - Released October 4, 2017 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Miscellaneous - Released November 30, 2015 | Zone 4, Inc.

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Country - Released August 8, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Country - Released November 9, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Kane Brown leaned into his millennial modernity on his 2016 debut, but the very title of its 2018 sequel suggests he is ready to probe the boundaries of what constitutes country at the twilight of the 2010s. Experiment dials down the overt modern R&B bent of Kane Brown without abandoning this aesthetic; similarly, he moves away from the candid confessionals of "Learning" but is still comfortable enough with his feelings to offer an explicit political protest song with "American Bad Dream." Such shifts are as tactical as Brown's decision to blend classic country forms with modern production while simultaneously accentuating a guttural growl that was unheard on his debut. This vocal affectation makes Brown sound more conventionally country but he deploys it cannily, whether it's on the randy "Short Skirt Weather" -- a spiritual sequel to Mel McDaniel's "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" -- or the opening "Baby Come Back to Me," which beats Jason Aldean at his slow-burning game. Brown isn't especially interested in being strictly country, though. These tracks help shore up support with the country base, but he also dabbles in arena country with echoes of U2 ("My Where I Come From") and amorphous borderless modern pop, which are mere accents to his concentration on soul. Brown embraces both old-school and modern R&B, sliding into a classic Southern groove on "Good as You" and gliding along to the slick surfaces of "Weekend," where he entices his lover to while away the days binge-watching '90s sitcoms. On these songs, Brown erases the lines between the past and the present, and this blurriness is the strength of Experiment: like the world he lives in, he repurposes old sounds and styles with his eye firmly on the future. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine