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Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae – 2015 (Dot)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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Most casual listeners will be wondering if singing duo Maddie & Tae have another attention-getter in them like "Girl In A Country Song" when it comes to the act's debut EP. Although there's nothing that rivals the bro-country answer song of "Girl," the other three tracks on this initial release show great promise.

"Sierra" takes aim at high horse women, rather than lusting men. So much so, in fact, their thoughts nearly verge on making them lose their Christianity. A banjo-colored acoustic ballad "Fly" reveals empathy for a woman who is struggling. On it, Maddie & Tae encourage, "You can learn how to fly." "Your Side Of Town" is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping warning for an unwanted man to keep his distance.

It's unclear if "Girl In A Country Song" will nudge other male country singers to act more gentlemanly, but Maddie & Tae prove here they have the talent and guts to keep up with the boys and also offer an alternative to country chauvinism. And for that, we give thanks and hope this isn't the last we hear from these two talented women.