Wheelhouse - Brad Paisley
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 88
    Wheelhouse [is] perhaps his most ambitious album to date, taking on such hot-button topics as spousal abuse, Southern provincialism, racism and social justice alongside characteristically well-crafted mainstream country fare.
  2. Apr 9, 2013
    85
    Don't let ["Accidental Racist"] dissuade you. Paisley still knows how to have a good time and standout singles "Southern Comfort Zone" and "Beat This Summer" continue to showcase this.
  3. A lot of the time he's trying too hard to say too little or trying too clumsily to say too much, sometimes even with his trusty guitar.
  4. Apr 9, 2013
    83
    The musicianship on Wheelhouse is incredible and Brad just keeps on getting more flavorful as a guitarist. Serious music buffs are going to love Wheelhouse, while cursory fans may be left scratching their heads.
  5. Apr 25, 2013
    80
    While the album is too long, he consistently crafts a fine tune. [Jun 2013, p.78]
  6. 80
    On the excellent Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley tiptoes a fine line between satisfying his core country audience and encouraging them to more adventurous attitudes.
  7. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Despite all this defiantly cosmopolitan music, Wheelhouse finds Paisley in bittersweet reverie.
  8. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    Per usual, the writing is sharp and the guitar playing impeccable. Paisley cooks through honky-tonk, country swing, the blues, rockabilly, and weepy ballads with assured command.
  9. Apr 15, 2013
    60
    Brad Paisley's latest is so well-meaning it's tempting to forgive how overwrought it is.
  10. Apr 9, 2013
    60
    As fun and pleasurable as many of Paisley’s big-screen pop melodies, sharp guitar hooks and detail-filled songscapes on Wheelhouse can be, those two supposedly challenging songs ["Those Crazy Christians" and "Accidental Racist"] point out again how intellectually limited Paisley’s wheelhouse is.
  11. Apr 9, 2013
    60
    There are times on Wheelhouse where Paisley simply has too many balls in the air and they're destined to fall.

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