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Luke Combs - Forever After All

Luke Combs almost seems to be shrugging with the title What You See Is What You Get, a suspicion underscored by the album's perfunctory cover art. Neither suggest that Combs harbors any grand ambitions, an impression that isn't strictly true. The North Carolinian styles himself as a humble singer carrying on country traditions steeped in the sounds of the '90s but with roots that stretch back much farther. Certainly Combs leans into that heritage by inviting Brooks & Dunn to sing on the rowdy "1, 2 Many," one of many drinking tunes scattered throughout What You See Is What You Get. While he may kick up some dust, Combs is a sentimentalist, singing song after song about his home and heart. These are time-honored traditions in country and Combs never attempts to subvert expectations here, or even freshen them up. He aims straight down the middle of the road, adding a few layers of gloss and punchier rhythms to a formula he established with his 2017 debut This One's for You, with slight alterations in the production that amount to an album that feels clean, slick, and confident, and captures a singer embracing his burgeoning stardom. If there are any flaws to What You See Is What You Get, it's that its very length can work against it. At 60 minutes, the album runs through so many sturdy midtempo tunes about family, heartbreak, and love that the seams holding Combs' everyday persona together start to show -- all the variations on a theme can't help but reveal the calculation behind the image -- but taken on a song-by-song basis, What You See Is What You Get is a solid album, proudly made just the way they used to be back in the '90s.

A cold beer's got 12 ounces A good truck's got maybe three hundred thousand You only get so much until it's gone Duracells in a Maglite A needle drop on a 45 Are the kinda things that only last so long When the new wears off, and they get to getting old Sooner or later, time's gonna take its toll They say nothing lasts forever But they ain't seen us together Or the way the moonlight dances in your eyes Just a t-shirt in the kitchen With no make-up and a million Other things that I could look at my whole life A love like that makes a man have second thoughts Maybe some things last forever after all FM station on the outskirts Blue jeans after years of shift work All fading out like I always knew they would The strings on this guitar The first love lost on a young heart Those things are gonna break after the getting's good 'Cause the new wears off, and they get to getting old Yeah, sooner or later, time's gonna take its toll They say nothing lasts forever But they ain't seen us together Or the way the moonlight dances in your eyes Just a t-shirt in the kitchen With no make-up and a million Other things that I could look at my whole life A love like that makes a man have second thoughts Maybe some things last forever after all They say nothing lasts forever But they ain't seen us together Or the way the moonlight dances in your eyes And I know there'll be that moment The good Lord calls one of us home and One won't have the other by their side But heaven knows that that won't last too long Maybe some things last forever after all After all


Drew Parker / Luke Combs / Robert Williford

Forever After All © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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