This one’s for all you country lovers out there: Vince Gill is back.
Three years after his last album released, the country legend is back with Down To My Last Bad Habit, his 20thfull length album in a storied 32 year career. In the days of Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan, Gill keeps his classic country twang. Listening to this album is nothing if not reminiscent of how country music used to be.
The first track on the album, “Reasons for the Tears I Cry,” brings that honky-tonk sound that makes you want to put on your cowboy boots and start line dancing. Vince’s soulful voice is no different here than it was in “When I Call Your Name,” one of his biggest hits in 1989. If you’re looking for consistency in quality, Down To My Last Bad Habit is the album you’ll want to hear.
The title track strays away from the honky-tonk vibe that we’re introduced to and slows things down a bit with the country crooner singing about giving up all of his bad habits but one: his former love interest. Again, the style of this track greatly resembles the late ‘80s and early ‘90s country that classic country lovers will be very familiar with. Familiarity is key with this album, but none of it is repetitive or derivative in the least.
Finishing off the album, we get a true tear-jerker in “Sad One Comin’ On.” The song delivers that true country cryin’ music and the song hits home, especially for Vince Gill and classic country lovers alike — it was written for his long time friend and country legend George Jones, who passed away in 2013.
This track is the perfect way to close out the album, bringing true emotion and finishing with that soulful voice that all true country music lovers will remember and appreciate.