LOADED Christie Lamb ABC/Universal www.christielamb.com
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/Universal www.sonymusic.com.au
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.