Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice

Though Lee’s booming voice shows him to be a more than competent singer, he also brings a breadth of songwriting and producing talent to his debut album, co-writing 10 of the 12 songs here.

On “Picture of Me,” Lee lays out the framework describing who he is and where he’s going. The rest of the album is similarly autobiographical, from the rockin’ hick-hop flavor of “Carolina Boys” to “Sumter County Friday Night.” While Lee can handle good-timin’ jams, ballads like “Power of a Woman” and the restrained “These Last Few Days” give his resonant voice space to envelop the listener.

“Love Like Crazy” features a typical country lyric, but under Brice’s soaring vocals, it’s an unpretentious, frank and endearing reminder to love passionately. Other songs here are not as strong. The idea for “She Ain’t Right” is a commendable twist on a Southern phrase, but the song’s plodding groove makes for a tedious listen. “Four on the Floor” is fun but forgettable.

Throughout Love Like Crazy, Lee’s voice is a formidable country-soul instrument, but not all of the songs prove worthy of its power.

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