The highly anticipated album from Tim McGraw, Two Lanes of Freedom is the artist’s first record with a new label (Big Machine Records) since his dramatic split from Curb Records. With several songs already released as hit singles such as “One of Those Nights” and “Truck Yeah,” fans of McGraw were enthusiastic about new high-energy music from the country artist. McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom takes us back in time with his former, more traditional and familiar pieces of music. His previous record, Emotional Traffic, had a different vibe with several cross-over tunes, and while McGraw is still pushing boundaries within the country genre, Two Lanes of Freedom has more traditional country tracks that feel both modern and fresh.
Perhaps you are searching for a couple of new classic country songs to download. “One of Those Nights” has a magical nostalgic sense of energy to it, and “Nashville Without You” is a simple country enchanter. “Friend of a Friend” and “Let Me Love It Out of You” are slower emotional ballads that can tug at your heart, while “It’s Your World” and the single “Two Lanes of Freedom” have upbeat and energetic melodies.
Also worth noting are some of the musical collaborations on the record, including the song “Highway Don’t Care” featuring vocals from Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on guitar. Swift’s vocals are a nice subtle addition to McGraw’s song, while Keith Urban is unmatched with his talents on the guitar.
The Verdict: Tim McGraw continues to stretch his musical horizons with Two Lanes of Freedom, but this time around, the album has a much more traditional and familiar country feel to it. Fans who love Tim McGraw’s older country tunes will be happy to find this album has true country roots with a contemporary twist. Tim McGraw gets it right with his new album and shows that Two Lanes of Freedom lives up to its surrounding hype.
Date released: February 5, 2013
Label: Big Machine Records
Collaborators: Taylor Swift and Keith Urban