Country | On The Record
September 11, 2012
Brooks & Dunn's demise was mourned by country music fans, but had they known what was in store with Brooks' solo album, it might not have been such a crushing blow. To say that Brooks has reinvented himself is a stretch, but this album is definitely modern, without being cloying. Brooks does a great job at being melodic but not pop, earthy but not slick, and down-to-earth rather than over-the-top. There's plenty to make you salivate here, including the bluesy, stomping "Moonshine Road," gentle twangers "Bring It on Home" and "Closin' Time at Home," and the rocking "Next to That Woman."
Topping practically every critic's poll as one of the best rock records of all time, with many counting it as the best, Exile came out at a time when people thought the Stones had been taking too many drugs, losing too many friends and making way too much money for too long to really be able to pull off another great record. Well, they did it. This deluxe re-release features no less than 10 previously unheard tracks.