Chris Stapleton - Starting Over
Starting Over feels at home trying whatever comes naturally. Stapleton wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 14 songs on the cozy-campfire roots record.
He digs deep into familiar territory, spinning a fiery tale of Southern-rock deliverance on “Arkansas” and a feel-good story about rescue dogs set to Pops Staples-style gospel-pop progressions on “Maggie’s Song,” while also leaning into his triumvirate of favorite topics: weed, the devil, and domestic joy. That final one is best exemplified by the title track, a rich portrayal of partnership aided by wife Morgane Stapleton, whose harmony singing serves as a moving counterpoint to Chris’ Kentucky baritone.