Lonestar’s tenth and brand new album, Never Enders, comes bolting out of the gate with the blazing title track and continues to run on the familiar themes the veteran band is known for.
Lonestar has been through a few personnel changes over the years, but their core remains strong with four original members. Michael Britt on lead guitar and backing vocals, Richie McDonald on lead vocals and piano, Keech Rainwater on drums, and Dean Sams on keyboards, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals.
"Never Enders" sounds like a new anthem for the band, it’s about soldiering on despite circumstances and is the perfect way to kick off the album. Meanwhile, “I Know It Was You” moves into familiar Lonestar ballad territory and is one of the best songs on the album.
A favorite song in this collection is “My Own Hometown,” which finds the singer reminiscing but being “...a stranger in my hometown…” The singer goes back to where he grew up but nothing is the same and “...even the memories don’t seem the same…” Despite the uptempo beat, there’s a sadness in the delivery, which makes the tune even more poignant.
“I’ve Been Wrong Before” is a passionate ballad about a man who doesn’t want to be in a relationship, and is fighting falling in love. McDonald’s voice has never sounded better, more rich and mature than ever; taking these songs to new heights.
“I Want A Love” sounds like perhaps the prequel to the band’s first hit “No News,” it has the same funky beat. Meanwhile “Us” soars as an uptempo breakup song. “Boomerang” closes the album with a bang, about a woman breaking men’s hearts all over town.
Never Enders is a great album for longtime Lonestar fans and will certainly delight new ones, sounding as fresh as ever yet retaining their classic sound, thanks to their tight harmonies and thought provoking lyrics. The album is available now.
Review by Kelli. Find her on Twitter