Mark Wills

Loving Every Minute

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Album number four continues the Wills tradition of telling a story with his voice. He clearly possesses a natural ability to hone his vocal stylings to narrate songs that listeners can identify with because they are about real feelings. Like wanting to leave a small town or a dead-end job in "One of These Days," or hating a place because your ex moved there with a new squeeze in "I Hate Chicago," or wondering if you'll ever meet someone to spend your life with in "Somebody." There are the standard you-take-my-breath-away love ballads, as well as the grand tear-jerker "The Balloon Song," which is about a boy who misses his mother who has passed away. Loving Every Minute is different in that it fuses some pop production touches, not normally typical for Wills, with his earthy country vocals, but in a career of chart-topping singles and platinum status, it certainly has the same fate.

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