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LOADED Christie Lamb ABC/Univer­sal

Al­ready a Golden Guitar win­ner as well as be­ing voted CMC New Oz Artist of the Year for 2015, Christie LambL b ticked ikd an­oth­erh box when ABC Mu­sic signed her up last year. Loaded is her sec­ond full-length al­bum. It’s a mix of well-cho­sen songs and orig­i­nals, with Lamb co-writ­ing seven of the 13 tracks, in­clud­ing the forth­right ‘Party’s Over’. In fact, this is an al­bum of hard-driv­ing coun­try rock songs with at­ti­tude, no­tably the take-no­pris­on­ers sound of ‘Flamethrower’ and the bad ro­mance of ‘Bad Habit’. Lamb un­leashes her strong vo­cals on the pi­ano-backed power bal­lad ‘Judge­ment Day’ and there’s a sub­tle banjo in­tro to the force­ful ‘Lonely Too Long’. Loaded is a classy al­bum, chock full of hard­driv­ing mu­sic.

SO COUN­TRY 2017 Var­i­ous artists Sony/Univer­sal­mu­

This val­uepacked col­lec­tion con­tains 38 tracks from con­tem­po­rary coun­try artists from both sidesid of f theth Paci­ficP ifi Ocean. Fresh faces abound, in­clud­ing for­mer US foot­baller Sam Hunt who con­trib­utes the haunt­ing ‘Break Up In A Small Town’, fe­male duo Maddie & Tae who sing ‘Shut Up And Fish’, and Aussie singer­song­writer Melanie Dyer with the ef­fer­ves­cent ‘Fresh’. Eas­ton Corbin’s orig­i­nal ver­sion of ‘Are You With Me’ is an in­ter­est­ing in­clu­sion, the song later remixed and hit­ting the top of the pop charts. Australian can­cer sur­vivor Cather­ine Britt re­cruits a few friends for ‘F U Can­cer’, and the ir­re­press­ible Dolly Par­ton sings the up­lift­ing ‘Pure And Sim­ple’. There are also songs from Shane Ni­chol­son, Adam Har­vey, Alan Jack­son and more.


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