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CMA Awards: the great prognosticator (part 3) - album of the year

Jeffrey Remz  |  November 10, 2010

The hunch here is that Lady Antebellum will take Album of the Year honors with "Need You Now," which came out in January. That would be due to the increasing popularity of the trio rather than the hit-or-miss quality of the CD. There are some strong songs, particularly the title track, but as a whole, there were a lot of better CDs out there.

Miranda Lambert's "Revolution" was one of them. That was one of the best CDs out in 2009. Lambert is obviously of strong voice and put a batch of good songs on the disc.

Dierks Bentley went way into left field - maybe he made it to the bleachers - with "Up on the Ridge," the heavily bluegrass-inspired disc. This is a style of music that Bentley has had an affinity for, and big kudos to him (and hopefully his label) for having the gumption to put it out. Great stuff, but music falls outside the mainstream (surprise surprise) to the point that it will not win this category.

Carrie Underwood's "Play On" was a very solid pop country disc. Underwood has a powerhouse voice, and the songs on the disc were of high quality., such as Mama's Song.

With George Strait's "Twang," the title says it all. His musical abilities show no sign whatsoever of slowing down. This is one meaty album of excellent traditional country music with some Tex-Mex thrown in. "Twang" deserves the honor.

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