It’s Already Tomorrow

[Effin Ell]

During their late-’80s heyday, Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd brought a literate, punkish attitude to country radio. Foster went on to a hit-laden solo career, Lloyd created a string of masterful power-pop albums and both remained busy as producers and songwriters for others. Their first new album together in more than two decades picks up right where they left off, with their Everly-esque harmonies sailing over clever wordplay and hook-filled melodies. The duo cranks up the guitars for a more rock-oriented sound this time around, especially on the infectious “Hiding Out,” the high-octane “Hold That Thought” and the Crazy Horse-style groove of “Don’t Throw It Away.” The duo’s country side resurfaces on “Picasso’s Mandolin,” with a blistering eight-string cameo from Sam Bush. It’s Already Tomorrow is a tour de force by two masters of pop, rock and country that builds a sturdy bridge between Liverpool and Nashville. Welcome back, boys. –Bob Cannon

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