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This item originally appeared in the January 21, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.

Brad Paisley

"Mud On The Tires"

Arista Nashville/BMG

Grade: A

Brad Paisley's "Mud On The Tires" is the perfect addition to any country fan's collection. Paisley's mixture of traditional and contemporary country songs create a nicely balanced album. Paisley uses a wide variety of styles and sounds in this album ranging from bluegrass to country-pop.

Paisley's home-grown voice and smooth guitar work combine to set him apart from other artists and make the mundane not only easy to listen to but enjoyable.

"Celebrity" is the hit single of the album and for the right reasons. Paisley sings about celebrities' antics in a way that is sure to have you laughing by the end of the song.

"Whiskey Lullaby," a beautiful duet with Alison Krauss, offers some good, old-fashioned tragedy embedded in a sorrowful sounding melody. The song, despite the dark subject, is a wonderful mix of voices and music that adds a touch of delicateness to the album.

"Hold Me in Your Arms (and Let Me Fall)" is a touch of traditional sounds that add to the range of musical styles found in the album.

Paisley does not stop there. The album is a nice collection of his talent as a musician and songwriter.

Some people feel Paisley lacks the spirit and is all show.

Others feel his adorable nature and great personality only add to the sounds that can be found on his third album.

This album is highly recommended and should be a wonderful addition to the collection of sounds Paisley has under his belt and to any country fan's music collection.

By Erin Hopkins, Staff Writer

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