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Picks and Pans Review: Quick Cuts

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>Billy Currington

We Are Tonight

On “Hey Girl,” the hit first single and opening track of his fifth album, Currington has to work up the nerve to make his move. And then on “Wingman,” he loses the girl to his backstabbing buddy. Really, though, who could resist this curly-haired cowboy? []

Chris Young


Like Currington, Young displays an easy charm and good-time-guyness on his fourth effort. But in addition to party songs such as “Aw Naw,” there are ballads like “Forgiveness” and “Text Me Texas” that show this country boy’s got real feelings too. []



After 2010’s underappreciated dreamscape Congratulations, this Grammy-nominated duo get lost in the wooziness on their third album. And there’s none of the catchiness of 2008’s “Kids,” except maybe for “Plenty of Girls in the Sea.” []

Earth, Wind & Fire

Now, Then & Forever

There’s nothing on EWF’s first set since 2005 that will make you forget classics like That’s the Way of the World or Spirit. Still, it’s good to hear their lush musicality again. They are indeed the rare R&B group that is timeless. []