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Review: Houser returns with radio-ready album

Music Review: Randy Houser returns with radio-ready album, ‘How Country Feels’

Randy Houser, “How Country Feels” (Stoney Creek)

There’s little coincidence that Randy Houser’s new album, “How Country Feels,” arrives just as the title track reaches No. 1 on the country radio charts.

The Mississippi singer earned his first chart-topper with the initial single from his most radio-friendly album. Stuffed with country soul-inflected mid-tempo arrangements that highlight Houser’s rich voice, there’s likely a few more hits among its 15 tracks.

He’s sanded away much of the grit that marked his previous work and deploys a more traditional country sound on songs like “The Singer,” ”Power of a Song” and “Like a Cowboy” that shows off his vocal versatility and a willingness to explore.

Just when it starts to feel like there’s a little too much varnish, Houser closes the album with “Route 3 Box 250 D.” It’s easily his most powerful song, and one we hope gets played on the radio, too.

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