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CD Review: Dan + Shay – OBSESSED

Dan + Shay
Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville
The new album from Dan + Shay hit retail
outlets in June and immediately headed toward the top of country album charts
in the USA and the UK.
Pennsylvania-born Dan Smyers and Arkansas
native Shay Mooney met in Nashville in 2012 and began writing together the day
after they met.  The first song they ever
wrote together got put on hold for Rascal Flatts and within two months, they
had multiple publishing offers, eventually signing with Warner/Chappell Music
before being signed as recording artists with Warner Bros. Records.
The new album includes their latest single,
the sweetly romantic ‘From the Ground Up,’ the soulful brass-infused title
song, and the insistent earworm, ‘Already Ready.’
‘Obsessed,’ the duo’s sophomore follow-up
to 2014’s ‘Where it All Began,’ pays tribute, in some ways, to the way Smyers
and Mooney interact with their fans on social media, and they had noticed that
the hashtag #obsessed was frequently tagged to their fans’ posts after the
single ‘From the Ground Up’ dropped. They decided that ‘Obsessed’ was the ideal
title for the new album, reflecting both their own and their fans’ obsession.
Standout tracks on ‘Obsessed:’ the title
track, the uptempo, sing-along ‘All Nighter’
and the wistful ‘Lipstick’ about a girl
going out on a date after a sad breakup: “Even though she knows that it ain’t
gonna fix it, she’s putting on her lipstick.”
‘Obsessed’ is a strong sophomore album,
showcasing Dan + Shay’s versatile songwriting skills and their strong vocal
talent. They are a force to reckon with in the years ahead.
 Preshias for Country Music News International

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