I am SO disappointed with this latest volume. Whereas the tracks on Volume 1 matched or exceeded the quality of their equivalents in the show those on Volume 2 are the reverse with the show renditions outshining the downloads.
Of the songs in this selection I love the song Ho Hey - sung by Lennon and Maisy Stella. If it was not for this track (which is far too short and got me hooked when first aired on the show) I would not have bothered downloading the collection.
Bitter Memory is horrible and I can only rate it to hard-hitting rock which is not what I want to listen to. Gun For A Mouth is another non-country number which jars my senses. The emphasis placed on cross-over country artists these days eludes me. I have reasonably broad musical interests and like a slightly rocky edge, which the music of the Honky Tonks supplies, but when brash tones, head banging drum beats and overdriven guitars are needed then I am sorry it is not for me. If I wanted that stuff I would go find it elsewhere!
Looking For A Place To Shine needed to be performed acoustically and has been ruined by the addition of an electric guitar fill. The rest of the tracks sort of hang together but it is a lacklustre feel with the formula found in so many country songs missing. Just what has happened to that feel and energy? It is as if the uplifting essence of the first offering has evaporated.
I was under the impression that Rayna Jaymes was the true country disciple whilst Juliette Barnes was the new wave/cross-over diva. Although loving the TV series I am beginning to find it difficult to believe that the music on this second CD is actually part of the show and, in turn, which artist represents what.
I am sorry but all I can close with is that Volume 2 will not be getting the play on my music system that Volume 1 does.