Various Artists

Forever Country [BMG Special Products]

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The BMG Special Products disc Forever Country is a questionable project that employs a faceless studio band that strips ten popular melodies, sans vocals, and re-records them with incredibly sappy and generic arrangements. Why? "Always on My Mind," "Somewhere in My Broken Heart," "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)," "I Still Believe in You," "I Swear," "God Bless the U.S.A.," "The Dance," "If Tomorrow Never Comes," and "Crazy" become elevator music or what you hear if put on hold while calling your insurance company. The arrangements on Forever Country wouldn't even be hip enough to play in the local grocery store.

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