Start Here

Maddie & Tae - Start Here
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2015 Ratings: #280 / 771
User Score
Based on 13 ratings
August 28, 2015 / Release Date
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Big Machine / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

They're an unabashed country act, gliding between heartbreak harmonies and punch lines with aplomb, the gilded ease masquerading the careful craft behind these 11 songs, every one of which bears songwriting credits by the duo.

80
Billboard

Maddie & Tae are hyper-focused on shaping their own chipper, closer-harmonizing, string band-based aesthetic, though vocally, they're not yet the evocative ­storytellers they could be. 

80
Exclaim!

This album isn't offering much faux hard-won wisdom, and there's no late-night barstool proselytizing to speak of. Instead, Start Here channels the naïve wonder, genuine openness, and hopeful abandon of post-adolescence.

70
Spin

Maddie & Tae ... provide a much-needed teen-girl perspective to mainstream country, an outlook that’s far less interested in the genre’s too-frequent celebration of the status quo.

70
Rolling Stone

Even when the sentiments are more traditional, though, Maddie & Tae sound tough-minded and stout-hearted.

70
PopMatters

The album is essentially packed-full of pleasantly put-together hooks, enjoyable melodic settings and observant if easy-to-slip-past-you lyrics.

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Another possible cd to purchase
72
This is pop-country, not pop pretending to be country. Maddie and Tae's debut strikes a nice balance between traditional and contemporary, and though their lyrics can sometimes betray their young ages, they are more often wise beyond their years, and their most successful songs are the ones with an edge used to make a cutting point.
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Track List

  1. Waitin’ on a Plane
  2. Girl in a Country Song
  3. Smoke
  4. Shut Up and Fish
  5. Fly
  6. Sierra
  7. Your Side of Town
  8. Right Here, Right Now
  9. No Place Like You
  10. After the Storm Blows Through
  11. Downside of Growing Up
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