Brad Paisley - 'Moonshine In The Trunk'

Brad Paisley is a name that will undoubtedly be known to most country fans. Following 2013's Wheelhouse, Moonshine In The Trunk was released on August 26th. The addition of the album features fifteen tracks, thirteen of which are co-written by Brad. 
The last three tracks on the album are the real gems in my opinion, with American Flag On The Moon being my favourite of the three. American Flag On The Moon starts with a piano hook that is slowly built upon with various instruments such as electric guitar and drums. The whole song is lyrically very touching with lines such as "tonight I dare you to dream, go on believe impossible things, whenever anybody says there's anything we can't do, after all there's an American flag on the Moon". The inclusion of 'Mrs King's class at Montessori Academy' (as they are credited) in the later part of the track rounds it out nicely. A brilliant track all round!
American Flag On The Moon is followed by Country Nation. The electric guitar opening isn't as energetic as some of Brad's other songs and sets a strong pace with help from the drum line. One particular lyric, "we crank up our music Friday night, on 2000 country stations, yeah we're one big country nation that's right" (and it's other variants throughout the track) describes Country Nation well in my opinion and I am sure this will be a track a lot of fans will be drawn to, with it's relatable lyrics and catchy melody.

As far as the track listing on the hard copies of the album shows Country Nation is the last track on the album however bonus track Me And Jesus in fact closes the album. With a similar melody to Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Brad delivers a very heartfelt vocal with minimal instrumental backing. Songs such as this and American Flag On The Moon are, in my opinion, Brad's best tracks as he delivers his best vocal with less production. 

In contrast to the previous three tracks I also find myself drawn to Crushin' It. Unashamedly a 'party' track, the catchy melody and fast pace makes it a strong track to use as an album opener. Unfortunately the track lacks a sense of lyrical depth with lines such as "by this time Friday night, I'll be done with my third can of cold Bud Light" however a few tracks such as this are harmless (just not too many!)

Track listing....
1) Crushin' It - Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller
2) River Bank - Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace
3) Perfect Storm - Brad Paisley, Lee Thomas Miller
4) High Life (feat. Carrie Underwood) - Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace, Brent Anderson
5) Moonshine in the Trunk - Brad Paisley, Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois
6) Shattered Glass - Brad Paisley
7) Limes - Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller
8) You Shouldn't Have To  - Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace, Tim Owens
9) 4WP - Brad Paisley, Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois
10) Cover Girl - Brad Paisley, Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois
11) Gone Green (feat. Emmylou Harris) - Kenny Lewis
12) JFK 1962 - Brad Paisley
13) American Flag On The Moon - Brad Paisley
14) Country Nation - Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace
15) Me And Jesus (bonus track) - Tom T. Hall

Recommend tracks....Crushin' It, Shattered Glass, American Flag On The Moon, Country Nation and Me And Jesus

Brad is certainly a very talented entertainer during his live shows and he slips many electric guitar solos into his performances - which shows off his impressive guitar playing!. As aforementioned his slower, more heartfelt tracks are his best in my opinion and I would personally like to see more scattered throughout this release. He is also a strong song-writer with some great lyrics throughout the album. Not as controversial as Wheelhouse, Moonshine In The Trunk is, all in all, still a very good album and one that is definitely worth listening to!