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Happy Endings

artist Old Dominion

Personnel: Matthew Ramsey (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Brad Tursi (guitar, background vocals); Kris Donegan (guitar); Trevor Rosen (acoustic guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Dave Cohen (keyboards); Geoff Sprung (bass synthesizer, background vocals); Whit Sellers (drums, percussion, background vocals); Ryan Gore (percussion, programming).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Gore.
Recording information: Bakka Da Bus Studio; Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL; Maverick Recording, Nashville, TN; Southern Sound, Nashville, TN.
Old Dominion occupy a distinct position in 2017's Nashville, happily playing to the center when their peers are either gunning for outlaw cred or angling for a stylish R&B-country fusion. With Happy Endings -- the group's second album, following their 2015 debut Meat and Candy by two years -- Old Dominion emphasize their light touch with the melodic mainstream, crafting an album so tuneful and supple it feels designed to slide onto adult-oriented playlists anywhere from the glory days of Urban Cowboy to the present day. Thanks to producer Shane McAnally, the album firmly belongs in the latter camp -- it has a pleasant digital sheen, filled with little percolating details -- but the songcraft of this writing collective is so strong, it's not hard to imagine the individual tunes appearing at other points in Music City history. For instance, if the breezy "Shoe Shopping" had an analog makeover, it could be played on country-pop radio at the dawn of the '80s and "New York at Night" is majestic enough to suggest sky-scraping adult contemporary anthems of the '90s. Old Dominion cleverly thread modern themes -- not to mention the occasional targeted profanity -- into their songs, so their tales of heartache and love feel fresh and also specific. Images of text bubbles, ruined jeans, and a forgotten hotel give the songs a contemporary feel that nicely complements the classicist construction. Since Happy Endings flows so easily, it may be easy to glide along with its slick surfaces, but a close listen reveals not only the sturdiness of the songs but the cleverness of the production -- and, if anybody is still doubting the smarts behind Old Dominion and McAnally, they close the proceedings with a live cut called "Can't Get You." Loud and bold, "Can't Get You" proves Old Dominion can do more than mellow pop, but the rest of Happy Endings is so irresistibly smooth, it's no wonder the group decided to emphasize their soft side here. ~ Stephen Thomas Erl
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Performer: Old Dominion
Guest Artist: Little Big Town
Produced by: Shane McAnally
Engineered by: Ryan Gore
Record Label: RCA
Original Release Year: 2017
Format: Compact Discs
Number of Disc: 1
Run Time: 38 minutes
ISBN: 6317007748 / 9786317007741
UPC: 889854293925 / 00889854293925
Genre: Country / Contemporary Country

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