Never Enders

Never Enders

by Lonestar


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Moving over to Shanachie Records, the reunited Lonestar continue the path they started on 2013's Life as We Know It on Never Enders. The title song alludes to the group's status as survivors: at the point this record hit the stores in 2016, the quartet was closing in on a quarter-century in the business. To their credit, Lonestar choose to embrace their age here, getting a little bit more mellow than they did on the 2013 reunion with Richie McDonald, a move that's tantamount to a basic-to-basics for the quartet. From the insistent arena-country anthem of the title track to the preponderance of shiny sentimental ballads, this feels like a revival of late-'90s country, but what makes Never Enders work isn't that it succumbs to nostalgia, but rather that it relies on craft. The songs may not be grabbers, but they're sturdy, melodic constructions given a lift by an enveloping, polished production that effectively softens the rougher edges of McDonald's voice; he's hardly gravelly, but he is nicely weathered. All of these elements help turn Never Enders into an album that feels radio-radio by the rule books of 1997, but that's its appeal: it is Lonestar celebrating who they are, from their country-pop roots to their middle age. Such warm self-acceptance turns this album into a cozy, pleasurable affair.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2016
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351621023
catalogNumber: 6210
Rank: 24045

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonestar   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Paul Franklin   Lap Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy Nichols   Strings,Hammond B3
Dean Sams   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Derek Wells   Electric Guitar
Michael Britt   Electric Guitar
Keech Rainwater   Drums
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Mark Hill   Bass Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Dean Sams   Composer,Producer
Michael Britt   Composer
Richie McDonald   Composer
Adam Wood   Composer
Keech Rainwater   Composer
Jeff Pardo   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Frank Myers   Composer
Marty Dodson   Composer
Susan Ruth   Composer
Jeremy Bussey   Composer
Eric Arjes   Composer

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