Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CD Review: Dan + Shay - OBSESSED

Dan + Shay
Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville

The new album from Dan + Shay hit retail outlets in June and immediately headed toward the top of country album charts in the USA and the UK.

Pennsylvania-born Dan Smyers and Arkansas native Shay Mooney met in Nashville in 2012 and began writing together the day after they met.  The first song they ever wrote together got put on hold for Rascal Flatts and within two months, they had multiple publishing offers, eventually signing with Warner/Chappell Music before being signed as recording artists with Warner Bros. Records.

The new album includes their latest single, the sweetly romantic ‘From the Ground Up,’ the soulful brass-infused title song, and the insistent earworm, ‘Already Ready.’

‘Obsessed,’ the duo’s sophomore follow-up to 2014’s ‘Where it All Began,’ pays tribute, in some ways, to the way Smyers and Mooney interact with their fans on social media, and they had noticed that the hashtag #obsessed was frequently tagged to their fans’ posts after the single ‘From the Ground Up’ dropped. They decided that ‘Obsessed’ was the ideal title for the new album, reflecting both their own and their fans’ obsession.

Standout tracks on ‘Obsessed:’ the title track, the uptempo, sing-along ‘All Nighter’
and the wistful ‘Lipstick’ about a girl going out on a date after a sad breakup: “Even though she knows that it ain’t gonna fix it, she’s putting on her lipstick.”

‘Obsessed’ is a strong sophomore album, showcasing Dan + Shay’s versatile songwriting skills and their strong vocal talent. They are a force to reckon with in the years ahead.

 Preshias for Country Music News International
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