Completely (Arista)

Diamond Rio's seventh album is anything but a "Beautiful Mess." But that hauntingly sweet hit kicks off the album, signaling a revitalized sound for the veteran band.

Whether it's the vibrant pop of "Big Ol' Fire," the heavily orchestrated splendor of "I Believe" or the wistful '40s nostalgia of "Something Cool," singer Marty Roe sinks his heart and soul into every word. And guitarist Jimmy Olander, mandolinist Gene Johnson, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman and bass player Dana Williams still have a dazzling chemistry, especially on Jimmy's self-penned instrumental, "Rural Philharmonic." But pick any number on Completely, and you'll find 24-carat Diamond Rio.

-- Nick Krewen

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