Better Than I Used To Be
Label: Curb Records
On his last album for Curb Records, Tim McGraw displays the same sense of adventure that has branded him somewhat of a Nashville maverick. Opener "Halo," with its ringing guitars and anthemic "whoa oh's," sounds more like Coldplay than anything previously heard by McGraw, yet somehow it works. "Right Back Atcha Babe" is a heavenly slice of '70s yacht rock, while "Only Human" -- which features R&B star Ne-Yo -- is a righteous bit of Quiet Storm. But let's face it: McGraw's strength is country, and there are plenty of highlights in that vein, including "Touchdown Jesus," "Hey Now" and "The One."