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Two Lanes of Freedom

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After years of the strain of legal battles to get out of his contract with Curb Records, Tim McGraw emerges, relaxed and refreshed with Two Lanes of Freedom, his debut recording for Big Machine, co-produced with longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore. McGraw may be celebrating his independence, but he still understands what he needs to get played on country radio as evidenced by the collision of neo-traditionalist melody and hard rock guitars on the pre-release single "Truck Yeah (there are two versions on this set; one is live). His finger popping meld of pop, Southern soul, and contemporary pop on "Southern Girl" uses Auto-Tune in the chorus, and it actually works (why this...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After years of the strain of legal battles to get out of his contract with Curb Records, Tim McGraw emerges, relaxed and refreshed with Two Lanes of Freedom, his debut recording for Big Machine, co-produced with longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore. McGraw may be celebrating his independence, but he still understands what he needs to get played on country radio as evidenced by the collision of neo-traditionalist melody and hard rock guitars on the pre-release single "Truck Yeah (there are two versions on this set; one is live). His finger popping meld of pop, Southern soul, and contemporary pop on "Southern Girl" uses Auto-Tune in the chorus, and it actually works (why this wasn't chosen as a single is a head scratcher). "Highway Don't Care" -- a duet with Taylor Swift (a thank you for namechecking him in her first big hit) with a killer guitar solo from Keith Urban -- borrows some production cues from Swift's playbook to excellent effect. The hook is irresistible and McGraw's vocal, paired with the young singer's, is a perfect match. This track is actually a real clue as to what McGraw's about these days, wanting to be the perfect combination of pop, country, and rock in one persona. "One of These Nights" is classic McGraw, a midtempo paean to his protagonists object of desire. It's a love song in a sense, but to the nostalgia of the future, not a woman. "Mexicoma" is a pre-hangover heartbreak tune combining a country two-step with a norteño polka; Mike Rojas' accordion is a nice touch, especially where it meets the distorted slide guitars, upright piano, and horns. "Friend of a Friend" is a "talking to you while you're not here" love song. McGraw's protagonist tenderly offers the lyrics as an incantation, straight into the ear of the absent, longed-for other. The title track is saturated with contemporary country tropes, with enough rock & roll riffing to make it a perfect second single. "It's Your World" is a rock & roll screamer, a guaranteed barroom dancefloor anthem. Despite its wide range of material and experimentation, this is the pop record McGraw has always wanted to make. He packs in a little of everything here, and some of it stumbles: "Annie I Owe You a Dance" has too many strings, and the poignant, "37405," a narrative about a country singer turned convict, could have been leaner. But these are small complaints on a solid and ambitious recording. On Two Lanes of Freedom, McGraw proves he is indeed the artist that Curb never let him be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • UPC: 843930007950
  • Catalog Number: 0100
  • Sales rank: 13,336

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two Lanes of Freedom (4:26)
  2. 2 One of those Nights (3:56)
  3. 3 Friend of a Friend (5:13)
  4. 4 Southern Girl (4:15)
  5. 5 Truck Yeah (3:29)
  6. 6 Nashville Without You (3:37)
  7. 7 Book of John (3:29)
  8. 8 Mexicoma (3:33)
  9. 9 Number 37405 (4:45)
  10. 10 It's Your World (4:30)
  11. 11 Highway Don't Care - Taylor Swift (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tim McGraw Primary Artist
Marty Krystall Clarinet
David Angell Violin
Greg Barnhill Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Paul Bushnell Bass
Steve Churchyard Horn Engineer
David Davidson Violin
Dan Dugmore Lap Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Byron Gallimore Percussion, Background Vocals
Jim Grosjean Viola
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Steve Nathan Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer
Mike Rojas Accordion
William Roper Tuba
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Josefina Vergara Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Keith Nicholas Cello
Natalie Leggett Violin
Monisa Angell Viola
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Julie Tanner Cello
Sara Parkins Violin
Erika Duke Cello
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Steve Richards Cello
Michele Richards Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Betsy Lamb Violin
Julia Emahiser Cello
Janet Darnall Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Dave Levita Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Karen Winklemann Violin
Ilya Toshinskiy Acoustic Guitar, Resonator
Joanna Cotton Background Vocals
Conni Ellisor Violin
Technical Credits
Tim McGraw Producer, Liner Notes
David Campbell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Byron Gallimore Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Julian King Engineer
Andrew Dorff Composer
James Slater Composer
Scott Stepakoff Composer
Mark Irwin Composer
Erik Lutkins Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
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Shane McAnally Composer
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
Danny Myrick Composer
Jaren Johnston Composer
Lee Thomas Miller Composer
Rodney Clawson Composer
Troy Jones Composer
Josh Kear Composer
Luke Laird Composer
Chris Janson Composer
Tom Douglas Composer
Kyle Jacobs Composer
Joe Leathers Composer
Josh Osborne Composer
Preston Brust Composer
Jon Nite Composer
Greg Becker Composer
Jen Schott Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer
Chris Lucas Composer
Francesca Talot grooming
Ruston Kelly Composer
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