Starting Over

Album Review of Starting Over by Chris Stapleton.

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Starting Over

Chris Stapleton

Starting Over by Chris Stapleton

Release Date: Nov 13, 2020
Record label: Mercury Nashville
Genre(s): Country

75 Music Critic Score
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Starting Over - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

As an album title, Starting Over can't help but carry connotations of an artistic rebirth, but three or four albums into his solo stardom, Chris Stapleton is in no position to rip it up and start again. Stapleton found his footing with 2015's Traveller and he's spent the years since digging deeper into his burnished groove, tying the binds between classic country, classic rock, and classic soul even tighter. A new beginning isn't in the cards for a singer/songwriter who has styled himself as an old-fashioned troubadour, an outlaw with a heart of gold singing sweet love songs as often as he kicks up dust.

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No Ripcord - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Chris Stapleton has never been one for flashiness. Before his excellent debut Traveller, the singer-songwriter made his living by selling songs to Nashville stars. Someone eventually noticed his obvious talent, and since then, he's stuck to his guns and continued to make steady and soulful country music. His tastefulness is obvious from the moment you see the cover for Starting Over, his fourth album.

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