Tim McGraw and The Dancehall Doctors

It's no coincidence that the songs on Tim McGraw's seventh album are filled with images of home and comfort - Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors finds him sounding more at home and comfortable than ever.

The main reason can be found in the album's very title itself: The Dancehall Doctors are the members of Tim's regular road band, and this is the first time he's ever recorded with them instead of the usual Nashville studio pros. So what you hear on this sprawling, 66-minute CD is the sound of a man surrounded by trusted friends.

The band's presence seems to embolden their leader: He lashes out at music critics in "Who Are They," fires up some scorching reggae-rock in "Illegal" and pushes the hot-button topic of abortion in the hit "Red Ragtop." But the Doctors also clearly relax him, which accounts for the easygoing "Watch The Wind Blow By" and the celebratory closing run through Elton John's "Tiny Dancer."

I may not be the best of singers/There's better guys I've heard, offers Tim in the reality-grounded love song "I Know How To Love You Well." That may be so, just like it may be true that the hotshot musicians in Nashville might sound more radio-friendly than The Dancehall Doctors. But as Tim has learned, nothing can replace the sound of friends making music for the love of it. That's something you can't fake - and something Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors has in spades.

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