Play - Brad Paisley

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. These ventures into pure '80s shred go a long way to illustrating just how versatile a guitarist Brad Paisley is, and they wind up as accidental autobiography, revealing a side he's previously camouflaged--but now that it's surfaced, it's easy to see why his albums are always among the most adventurous and best country music of this decade.
  2. Brad Paisley's mostly instrumental new set, which chronicles his self-described "love affair with the guitar," is both outstanding and diverse.
  3. 60
    It's delightfully wacky and right in character. [Dec 08/Jan 09, p.80]
  4. The guitar whiz cashes in his superstar chits for this largely instrumental album, an indulgence he's earned but doesn't quite pull off.
  5. He gives indulges that portion of his muse on the instrumental-centric Play while also managing to deliver a collection that is consistently lively and fun.
  6. Despite the fret board fireworks, this is an honest love letter to the art of making music.
  7. 60
    Play sees Nashville superstar Paisley jam with an array of equally adroit pickers. [Dec 2008, p.111]
  8. 40
    It's nimble stuff, but the most moving contribution comes from the late Buck Ownes. [Jan 2008, p.104]
  9. Its darkness relative to the other stuff here (blues shuffle, surf pastiche, Les Paul tribute, B.B. King duet) is startling, even if the tune turns out to be about his wife.

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