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Country - Released April 3, 2020 | MCA Nashville

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It's taken six years for Sam Hunt to release the follow-up to his smash debut Montevallo but the songs here are awfully familiar: "Body Like a Back Road" was a chart-topper in 2017; "Downtown's Dead" hit it big in 2018; "Kinfolks" soared to No. 1 last year. Southside is practically a greatest-hits compilation. It's interesting listening to "Drinkin' Too Much" — an apology to his now-wife for bad behavior and originally released in 2017 — with 20/20 hindsight. Hunt was arrested on a DUI last year, which shines a search light on spoken-word lyrics like "And I was the one on stage, drunk / Barely holdin' on, on ABC." Hunt strips things even more bare on opener "2016", dropping his signature hip-hop flavored formula for classic regrets balladry. As for the slow jams, "Sinning With You" questions Hunt’s religious upbringing, and "Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s" laments how social media fuels heartbreak. It's not all heavy as a sledgehammer, though: "Hard To Forget" mashes up a Webb Pierce sample with a Kenny Chesney-esque beach-bum beat to a damn catchy result. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz
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Country - Released October 27, 2014 | MCA Nashville

A quarterback-turned-country songwriter-turned-country star, Sam Hunt never makes apologies for his inherent bro-ness on his 2014 debut Montevallo. He's a laid-back, handsome, well-adjusted dude who makes music that sounds like he looks: friendly, ingratiating, relaxed, and perhaps just a little bit non-descript. Montevallo deliberately sounds like other guys next door, sometimes evoking memories of Jason Aldean (he's as comfortable with the slow-burning electronic rhythms of "Break Up in a Small Town" as Aldean is on "Burnin' It Down"), sometimes Keith Urban (Hunt does his own version of "Cop Car," previously a hit for Urban), sometimes Jake Owen ("Raised on It" is a dead ringer for "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"). Hunt is unabashedly a modern guy and his taste for busy electronic arrangements and facility with fleet-footed rhythms distinguish him from the pack of modern country bros: it's what gives the nocturnal urban sparkle of the hit "Leave the Light On" a lift, it's what gives "Single for the Summer" its sheen, it's what gives "Ex to See" a bit of dense menace. These electronic flourishes are notable but they're not the anchor of Montevallo, nor is Hunt's amiable presence. What grounds the album is his clean, commercial songwriting, heavy on hooks but also sturdily constructed. Ultimately, Hunt's ability to fuse his classical construction with modern flair and pass it off as no big thing is what makes his debut something more than just another album from the bro next door. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Country - Released October 23, 2015 | MCA Nashville

Sam Hunt released the "acoustic mixtape" -- not quite a demo, not quite a party; it's a term borrowed from hip-hop and spun into the realm of country -- Between the Pines in 2013, issuing it as a free download on his website. It helped set up his 2014 debut Montevallo and, a year after the release of that album, Warner did a full digital reissue of Between the Pines, shuffling the sequencing and adding three new songs. Noteworthy are covers of Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," songs that underscore Hunt's mainstream influences, but what's most interesting about this "acoustic mixtape" is how, even without the shiny veneer of Shane McAnally's studio production, Hunt's lithe soul and hip-hop influences are evident, both in the drum loops and his fleet cadences. That's what makes Between the Pines worth a listen for Hunt fans who don't number themselves among his hardcore. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Country - Released February 1, 2017 | MCA Nashville

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Country - Released April 3, 2020 | MCA Nashville

It's taken six years for Sam Hunt to release the follow-up to his smash debut Montevallo but the songs here are awfully familiar: "Body Like a Back Road" was a chart-topper in 2017; "Downtown's Dead" hit it big in 2018; "Kinfolks" soared to No. 1 last year. Southside is practically a greatest-hits compilation. It's interesting listening to "Drinkin' Too Much" — an apology to his now-wife for bad behavior and originally released in 2017 — with 20/20 hindsight. Hunt was arrested on a DUI last year, which shines a search light on spoken-word lyrics like "And I was the one on stage, drunk / Barely holdin' on, on ABC." Hunt strips things even more bare on opener "2016", dropping his signature hip-hop flavored formula for classic regrets balladry. As for the slow jams, "Sinning With You" questions Hunt’s religious upbringing, and "Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s" laments how social media fuels heartbreak. It's not all heavy as a sledgehammer, though: "Hard To Forget" mashes up a Webb Pierce sample with a Kenny Chesney-esque beach-bum beat to a damn catchy result. © Shelly Ridenour / Qobuz
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Country - Released May 16, 2018 | MCA Nashville

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 1, 2015 | David Kilgour

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Country - Released October 10, 2019 | MCA Nashville

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Country - Released January 27, 2017 | MCA Nashville

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Comedy/Other - Released June 1, 2001 | Antenna Recordings

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Country - Released December 18, 2015 | MCA Nashville