Aaron Lewis – Sinner (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:41 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Country
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Staind’s lead singer Aaron Lewis continues to explore the world of country music with his second solo album Sinner, recorded in Nashville in a 16 hour burst of creative energy. The songs capture Lewis’s mindset, a laid back soundtrack that is reminiscent of the genre’s most honest and musically adventurous artists. In addition to a cover of Chris Stapleton’s Whiskey And You, Sinner features a guest appearance from none other than Willie Nelson on the title track.

First time around, Aaron Lewis’ move to country seemed tentative – as much a rebranding as a musical statement. Even if the record was awkward, The Road was a modest success, opening the door for Lewis to make a stronger move on his next country album – which is precisely what he does on 2016’s Sinner, a record that is considerably better than its predecessor. Much of the success has to be placed at the feet of producer Buddy Cannon, who gives the album a sleek, steely modern-day outlaw vibe, one that straightens out and beefs up Chris Stapleton’s revivalism. Stapleton’s “Whiskey and You” is here, one of several strong neo-traditional songs that help Lewis’ unreconstituted power ballads seem somewhat graceful. As nimble as Cannon’s production is, Lewis remains a heavy-footed singer; if he’s not overselling his message, he sounds drowsy. Nevertheless, Sinner goes down easy thanks to Cannon’s production, which is proof that he’s one of the best producers currently working in Nashville.

Tracklist:
01 – Sinner (feat. Willie Nelson)
02 – That Ain’t Country
03 – Whiskey And You
04 – Northern Redneck
05 – Mama
06 – Sunday Every Saturday Night
07 – Lost And Lonely
08 – Story Of My Life
09 – Stuck In These Shoes
10 – I Lost It All
11 – Travelin’ Soldier

Produced by Buddy Cannon. Mixed by Tony Castle at Curb Studio B, Nashville, TN.
Recorded by Tony Castle at Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN. & Ocean Way Nashville, Nashville, TN.
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.

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