Album Review: Canaan Smith – Bronco

It’s hard to believe, but it has been 11 months since Virginia native Caanan Smith released “Love You Like That.” It’s been a steady climb, but the single has just made the Billboard Top 10. With radio firmly in Smith’s camp, Mercury has just released Smith’s exciting debut album Bronco, and if you love the energy and power of the current hit, you’re gonna love what you find here.

Smith definitely mines the current sound of the format, with the lead cut, “Good Kinda Bad,” a track that is going to cause fans to sing along from the start of the disc. “Hole In A Bottle” will definitely warm those crowds up on Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer Tour this year, as the singer shows an undeniable amount of charm and personality on the cut.

Though the majority of Bronco is definitely high-octane, Smith does have a way with a ballad. “Stuck” is very radio-friendly, complete with a melody that stays with you. “Mad Love” has a very cool pop laden groove that would definitely fit in with what is going on in the format these days, and the title cut – which closes the album – is actually the strongest lyrical composition on the album, which I wasn’t expecting. With a title like that, I was thinking it would be more of an uptempo cut…but this one is designed to be a cigarette lighter moment on the road.

Canaan Smith has waited three years for this moment, and from the sound of things, it’s worth that wait. He fits quite nicely in the stratosphere of what Country Music is these days, and I think we’ll be gearing up for long run at or near the top!

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A Country Music’s #CMchat 15 to Watch in 2015 artist, Canaan Smith began his country music career in 2009 when he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his passion. Beginning his career with a bang, Canaan co-wrote Love & Theft’s Top 10 hit “Runaway,” giving the singer-songwriter his first taste of Billboard chart success. After several years of writing and recording, Canaan released his debut single “We Got Us,” penned by Canaan, Stephen Barker Liles, and Tommy Lee James. The song made a brief chart presence, giving Canaan another glimpse at a fruitful country music career. Taking his time to find the perfect followup, Canaan released his Top 30 single “Love You Like That” under Mercury Records in July of 2014, helping him find his way on to many year end lists. Now, Canaan is prepared to release his first multi-track project in the form of a self-titled EP on March 24, 2015 before heading out on tour with Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, and Maddie & Tae for the summer of 2015.

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Author: Chuck Dauphin

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