Album Review: Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am

Rising Star's latest suggest that his hard-earned status as one of Country's top touring artists will continute with latest which features "Bottoms Up" and "Small Town Throwdown".

After first releasing the Platinum-certified Halfway To Heaven via Average Joes Entertainment three years ago, Brantley Gilbert transitioned the recording to Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co. a year later and immediately experienced massive growth in his record’s appeal with fans nationwide. In that time, between 2012’s Deluxe edition and now, Gilbert has become a bonafide superstar via his ‘outlaw’ approach to making his brand of Country/rock music. His third album Just As I Am finds Gilbert confidently showcasing even more bravado (“If You Want A Bad Boy”), swagger (“Lights Of My Hometown”) and — in some places — heart (“I’m Gone”) than either of the earlier records. 

Standout tracks include the preview singles “My Baby’s Guns N’ Roses,” “17 Again” and the “Small Town Throwdown,” a song which is now Gilbert’s sophomore single from the project after the Platinum-certified #1 hit “Bottoms Up.” The record features some songs which feature lyrics inspired from his high-flying relationship with Jana Kramer (“I’m Gone”) and slips into nostalgia now and again (“That Was Us”). 

Fans looking for an evolutionary record with the raw grit found on Halfway To Heaven won’t find that here but it is a confident, well-made album with much of what has made Brantley Gilbert the big rising star that he is and will keep his massive fan base completely happy.