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Tim's New Album Is Finally Out—and Critics Are Split

The Times calls it an "often tepid album" while the Cleveland Plain Dealer gives B+ to Emotional Traffic.

After more than a year of battles with his soon-to-be-ex record label, Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic album is out—and it's generating a lot of online traffic with big-name media reviews.

The New York Times and The Washington Post gave the album mixed reviews.

"Mr. McGraw has never sounded so casual. It doesn't suit him," the Times reviewer said, but gushes later about the track "Die by My Own Hand," a song described as "bold" and "a real stand."

The Post calls the album "a solid outing from a solid singer in his prime, doing mostly as he pleases." The reviewer later, though, calls Tim's duet with R&B singer Ne-Yo "awkward."

USA Today also didn't like the Ne-Yo duet, "Only Human," saying it "sounds more like Christopher Cross than anything on country radio."

But the Cleveland Plain Dealer did like the Ne-Yo track, calling it a creative risk that paid off. And in fact, the Plain Dealer liked the whole album, saying it was "worth the wait" and giving it a B+.


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