Allan, in making ‘Ruthless’, his first album in 8 years, has done exactly what Garth Brooks’ fan base has been crying out for him to do for a few years now and gone straight to a new generation of writers that are currently shaping the sound of Country music but not betraying its roots. So dig a bit deeper into the credits and you’ll see names like Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon, Jon Nite, Hillary Lindsey, Ryan Hurd, Josh Kear and Michael Hardy amongst many of talented contributors on offer here. This is a stroke of genius. In one simple stroke of the brush, Allan has updated and modernized his sound without producing an album that will alienate his pre-existing fan base.

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