Nearly three years after the chart-topping success of his self-titled, fourth studio album, country superstar Brett Eldredge proves you can go home again with his latest album Sunday Drive, released on July 10.
Dialing back, Eldredge began his journey to new music with just a flip phone, Polaroid camera, notebook and guitar by his side. Soon he was joined by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the GRAMMY-winning producers behind Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour, and the trio holed up Chicago’s intimate Shirk Studios, where the album came to life. Constructed as an epic quest, the 12-track project begins with leadoff track “Where The Heart Is,” which E! News describes as a “gorgeous mid-tempo strummer,” with each subsequent song supplying another clue to the whereabouts of the heart that has eluded Eldredge. The lifelong mental health advocate shares the message of keeping a healthy mind in “Good Day,” while painting the scene of a picturesque childhood memory in the title track “Sunday Drive.” Eldredge continues the theme of nostalgia in piano-driven tracks “Crowd My Mind” and lead single “Gabrielle.” Rolling Stone raved of the latter, calling the wistful song “a breath of fresh air in his catalog,” declaring it is “the sound of an adult putting away childish things.” “Paris Illinois” rounds out the album’s quest via a love song to Eldredge’s hometown and to a way of life, and it suggests that he’s found something just as important as love: himself.