• Record Label: Curb
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 24, 2012
    80
    Overall, though the lyric content is among the best on a Tim McGraw album to date.
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    80
    Emotional Traffic is McGraw's most ambitious offering to date--the credits list is enormous and the range of styles on display is wide. That said, its balance is impeccable.
  3. 75
    Should country purists fret? Nah. "Touchdown Jesus" lives up to its down-home promise.
  4. 70
    Bursting with enough potential singles to suggest that the most-played male artist of the last decade will continue to dominate country radio.
  5. Jan 24, 2012
    70
    Strong storytelling redeems cheesy stuff like "Touchdown Jesus," as does the music, a savvy mix of down-home twang, pop tunefulness and rock heft.
  6. Jan 23, 2012
    60
    Mr. McGraw has never sounded this casual. It doesn't suit him.
  7. Jan 24, 2012
    50
    Emotional Traffic isn't dramatically better, worse or all that different from what he's been doing since the beginning.
  8. Jan 31, 2012
    40
    Emotional Traffic only works in its moments of restraint and relative good taste, and those are exceedingly rare.
  9. Apr 6, 2012
    20
    Emotional Traffic contains a few soppy homilies to domesticity, a transparent bid for a Super Bowl halftime booking, and a great many reasons to listen to the equally polished, but vastly wittier, Brad Paisley. [May 2012, p.78]

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