Tim McGraw and his road band returned to upstate New York to record this very confident studio album, his eighth.
Tim McGraw and his road band returned to upstate New York to record this very confident studio album, his eighth. "How Bad Do You Want It" is raw, swampy, blues rock, while "Back When" is twangy nostalgia. "My Old Friend" and "Blank Sheet of Paper" are gently loping midtempos that McGraw completely owns. Several songs, including the chart-topping powerful title cut, are quite personal and perfectly suited to McGraw's vocal style. Always a risk-taker, he remains fearless in his choice of material, evident here on sweeping, observant fare like "Drugs or Jesus" and the ultimately redemptive "Kill Myself." McGraw avoids slickness on perceptive cuts like "Everybody Hates Me" and the backwoods funk of the witty "Do You Want Fries With That." With this 16-track set, McGraw continues to top himself.—RW