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CD Review: Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance

Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance
I Don’t Dance, No Better Than This, Show You Off Tonight, Always The Only One, Good Man, Drinking Class, That Don't Sound Like You, Girls In Bikinis, Sirens, Somebody’s Been Drinking, Hard To Figure Out, My Carolina, Panama City, More My Style, Closer, Whiskey Used To Burn

Lee Brice has the penchant of charting his course towards drawing approving whoops from his fans.  His sound is equal parts ballads, pop and rock with country thrown in.  His music is rooted in the traditional way, but has a modern production that keeps them grooving in the modern times.  He has given us a new country landscape in which to wander.

He splices together wistful pop tune with cool, romantic rhythms in “I Don’t Dance”.  It’s a refreshing song that simply builds his inspirations from the ground up.  It’s a nice song about a man who takes a plunge when he finds the right woman and creating great moments together.  Indeed, love is very powerful.  You know it when you feel it.  It’s the kind of love that truly nourishes, cares, forgives and gives.  Surely that’s the time to dedicate one’s life to another individual.  Lee Brice co-wrote this song with Dallas Davidson.

Brice demonstrates his vocal color and skill in “Always The Only One”, belting out his full voice.  Brice co-wrote this single with Kyle Jacobs, and Joe Don Rooney.  It adds something significant to the ruminations about the authentic reality that true love exist.   It opens quietly then pushing it to mid-tempo that builds gradually then explodes into a rock sound.

With some creativity, “Good Man” attracts thousands of fans.  It goes without saying that these are the verses and hooks that brought listeners together:  “I'll climb your tower, slay your dragons, fight your battles girl.  I’ll take a bullet for ya.  I’ll take on the whole world.  Don’t even worry bout it. I like it yeah, I gotcha girl.”  It’s a fantastic near rap-rock song with captivating violin sound and an irresistible playfulness of the guitar strings.

The highlight, “Hard to Figure Out” leaves us with an inspiring way of reminding  everyone to be grateful for what we have.  It teaches us the value of approaching a difficult situation from a place of gratitude.   The first chorus goes, “She said "just thank God for everything you've got.  I felt so stupid being mad. After seeing her so sad, I need to check my heart.  I need to watch my mouth.  Have a little more faith.  A little less doubt, it ain't that hard to figure out.”  The drum loops allow us to rhytmatize our attitude from being self-centered to being others-centered.  A thumbs up to Brice and his co-writers Joe Leathers and Nicole Witt on this one. So, whether you’re in the mood for a long drive or quite evening with the family or friends, get a taste of what Lee Brice is offering in this album.
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 

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