Listen Up: Brice, The Wanted, Eve 6, Kip Moore
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By Brian Mansfield, Edna Gundersen and Elysa Gardner, USA TODAYApril 23, 2012
He may not fill arenas yet, but Brice has written country radio's most-played song for two years running — his Love Like Crazy in 2010 and the Eli Young Band's Crazy Girl last year. The well's hardly dry: Striking the perfect balance between rowdy celebrations and thoughtful takes on every stage of love, Hard 2 Love is as well-crafted a set of country tunes as you'll hear all year.
If you don't know the names Tom, Max, Siva, Jay and Nathan, clearly you're not a 13-year-old girl. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the British-Irish boy band's catchy pop, cobbled by the lads and a committee of writers and producers including Ryan Tedder and Diane Warren. Steve Mac produced the disc's glossiest tracks: the string-laden All Time Low, electro-poppish Gold Forever and dance hit Glad You Came.
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