Chris Lane

Girl Problems

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Back in 2012, Chris Lane presented himself as a good ol' boy but Let's Ride didn't take, so he had a slick modern makeover for 2016's Girl Problems. Heavily influenced by the R&B-inflected sounds of Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett, Girl Problems is so heavily produced it feels like a pop record, not country. That's also its appeal. Perhaps Lane is following a straight line -- Girl Problems almost begs to be mistaken for another act -- but he navigates the lithe stylistic flourishes with ease, and the gloss of the record is appealing. If Lane doesn't have a strong personality, he can nevertheless sell this commercial music with charm, and that's more than enough to make Girl Problems an effective record.

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