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8Tracks, Vol. 3: Black Sheep Tracklist:
Really!? All of these songs are nothing but pop mixed with hip hop back beats. To try to tell me that is somehow country is complete and utter nonsense. I'm not harping on Walker Hayes himself. I'm merely saying that if you want to give it a go in the pop genre of music....go to the pop genre. Country is country music for a reason. Pop stays pop. Hip hop/rap stays hip hop/rap. End of story.
First and foremost, I am a huge Walker Hayes fan. I look forward to everything he puts out. While this is certainly not traditional country music, he keeps the story telling and relatability alive and well on Vol.3. Wish I Could Drink has some of the most relatable lyrics I’ve heard in a song, and I’m not a recovering alcoholic. Chapel is a great song that makes you think about accepting not just our children, but people for who they are and being supportive of that. And Goldest and Black Sheep are just a couple of fun, jams that are fun to listen to and I can tell you from personal experience, Goldest live in concert is a ball to jam to Walker with! I love all of these songs and they are lyrically compelling and a lot of people can relate to them. I really believe that is one of the cornerstones of country music; being able to make a meaningful connection with fans and be genuine about it. So if you are just stumbling across Walker and his 8 Tracks for the first time, it isn’t traditional country music and that’s ok. Enjoy the music for what is: genuine lyrics with a great hook and beat.
Not country really, Walker Hayes has his own style. Listen to the lyrics—they are raw, vulnerable and about real life that are so relatable. Another fantastic 8track that will be played on repeat here. Thanks Walker!
Firstly, I agree with another review that my only complaint is this is not country. I don’t mind that whatsoever just misleading for others. Walker has done it again. Another great small album with amazingly coordinated songs. Great theme. Slightly dark with the black sheep theme but still great lyric and rhythm diversity. Don’t trust a low star rating from ShotgunAnnie40. This album has been out less than 12hours and they deemed it a “dumpster fire”?!? I acknowledge I haven’t listened enough to fully assess all the songs but at first listen it’s amazing. I am seeing him in concert tonight which I also recommend. He’s such a big stage presence, great shows.
Hayes has put out another great album for us, as usual. Also as typical, these songs are not country. If you are a hardcore country fan, you will likely have problems with how these songs sound. However, if you can appreciate lyrical and musical genius, then this is a great album for you. Songs like “Love Hate” and “Wish I Could Drink” reflect the more stripped-back, lyrical-based sound that Hayes does great at, and others (“Goldest”, “Black Sheep”, and “Chapel”) have great sounds that will make you want to sing along, as well as lyrics to complement that sound. Again, not country, but a great album if you appreciate more than just what the album is labeled under.