Picks and Pans Review: A Nostalgia Trip Worth Taking

updated 06/29/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/29/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

American Saturday Night |

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Brad Paisley comes into his new album on a real roll, having won the last two CMA Awards and the last three ACM Awards for top male vocalist. American Saturday Night—the proper follow-up to 2007's platinum 5th Gear, after last fall's mostly instrumental Play—keeps the hot streak going. The country star is in a sweetly nostalgic mood for much of this disc, whether he's reminiscing on a love that keeps getting stronger ("Then"), remembering a grandfather's words of wisdom ("No"), or envisioning his young self in his son ("Anything Like Me"). Best is "Welcome to the Future," on which Paisley sings about "so many things I never thought I'd see happening right in front of me."

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