Published On: Fri, Sep 22nd, 2017

Album Review: Luke Combs – This One’s For You

Fine debut album about loving, drinking and buckets of regret.


Luke Combs

Deftly straddling the ground between good ole boy fare and ZZ Top rock, Luke Combs’ impressive debut album goes for broke from first song, Out There, right through to closer, Honky Tonk Highway. Combs co-wrote all the songs and his personality shines through the minutiae of his daily life in each one.

There’s more than a touch of Osborne Brothers beer-tinged nostalgia in Memories Are Made Of, Beer Can, Lonely One and the poppy Don’t Tempt Me.

Breakout single Hurricane shows what this North Carolina native can do, running through every moment of hooking up with the woman who reeled him in then wrecked his world, whereas One Number Away has him on the verge of making a call to an ex. Mind you, he’s overjoyed to have split up on When It Rains It Pours, listing all the luck that’s followed her departure.

Elsewhere, there’s some deft dobro and steel on This One’s For You, while Be Careful What You Wish For and I Got Away With You are both hook-filled tunes that sound instantly familiar.

4/5
Standout tracks: Hurricane, This One’s For You, Out There

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