Top 12 Country Albums, Summer 2013

What a strange genre: While radio hits highlight the similarities among country artists, breaking their releases down one by one shows how different they can be. Here, Luke Bryan's crossover country pop ("a little Conway and a little T-Pain," as he says on one song) sits next to Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's traditionalist take on the Bakersfield country of the '50s and '60s, and Valerie June's Memphis country soul transitions into Glen Campbell's final take on a few of his Nashville classics. Coming off a summer this strong, we can't wait to hear what fall has to offer.

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