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Now That’s What I Call Country – Volume 3 Presents 16 Hits

Author: Bob Etier
Published: January 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

“It's a French kiss, Italian ice
Spanish moss in the moonlight
just another American Saturday night.”

There are sixteen good reasons to buy Now That’s What I Call Country – Volume 3, but the best is Brad Paisley’s “American Saturday Night,” a kicky salute to an America that is so multicultural that we take it for granted, seldom giving it a second thought (“She’s got Brazilian leather boots on the pedal of her German car, Listenin’ to the Beatles singing ‘Back in the USSR’; she’s goin’ around the world tonight but she ain't leavin’ here, she’s just going to meet her boyfriend down at the street fair… you know everywhere there's something they’re known for, although usually it washes up on our shores…”).

Celebrating who we are is a great excuse for writing and singing a song, but for those who want to hear something good that zeroes in on rural life, Now That’s What I Call Country – Volume 3 delivers Easton Corbin performing “A Little More Country Than That,” an homage to country living. There’s an even more intimate celebration in Josh Turner’s romantic “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” which offers a super excuse to ignore the boob-tube.

EMI’s franchise Now That’s Music is known for its various artists/compilation albums of recent hits, and these collections provide great soundtracks for parties because the songs are familiar, popular songs by the original artists. While the individual artists would prefer that consumers buy their entire albums, many consumers want to listen to what they hear on the radio (for them the song is the thing, not the artist). Now That’s What I Call Country – Volume 3 satisfies that desire by providing an album that is the equivalent of interruption-free radio.

Now That’s What I Call Country – Volume 3 covers the typical, much-loved country song topics: heartbreak, drinking, partying, true love, and country pride (or pride in country). There’s an innocence to un-PC songs like Luke Bryan’s “Rain Is a Good Thing” (“Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey, Whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky…Rain is a good thing”), which praises rain because of its end-product—fun. It's inclusion is appreciated because it's also a great dance song.  Martina McBride offers the kind of advice you can only get in a country song with “Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong,”

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