Traveller (Chris Stapleton) Review

For quite sometime, my country music policy has always been that I dislike all country music, except Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.  Now, I have a new standard: I dislike all country music, except Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Chris Stapleton.  Do not misinterpret this; Stapleton has no where near the two prior artists, but i can actually tolerate him, which means a lot if I say it about a country music star.  While his song writing skills are rather polished, its the amount of passion Stapleton pours into his vocals that makes his debut, multi grammy nominated, Traveller so enjoyable.  There are flaws in this album, which is forgivable since its his first. The first being, which is a curse with most country music, the same few themes run common throughout every single song.  Alcohol, heartbreak, and depression, which are three similar themes already, make this album grow stale before it is finished being played.  But before this is noticed, Chris Stapleton packs some nice tunes within the first couple tracks of the album, including the title track.  There are a few minute errors musically (if you’re very picky), one being the insanely long repetitive outro on “Outlaw State of Mind”.  Overall, I score it with a 7.5 out of 10, for Stapleton’s great pipes, and occasional gems in the lyrics.



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