Exclusive Album Stream: Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay — Before the World Was Made

Juli Thanki | September 17th, 2013

From the cheerful dysfunction of “Breaking Up and Making Up Again,” to the pleading heartbreak of “Please Reconsider,” Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay cover the entire spectrum of love on their new collaboration, Before the World Was Made.

The record, which was produced by Gurf Morlix, is a stellar collection of original George-and-Melba-esque country duets, the majority of which were penned by the Austin-based duo. “Be My Ball and Chain” recalls the playfulness of Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn’s “Sweet Thang,” and “Great Big Oldsmobile, a pedal-steel-laced ballad that was written by McKay alone, sweetly depicts lifelong love as the duo sings, “I’ll be deafer than a post and grayer than a ghost / But you’ll still steam my glasses up when I’m 92.” 

As solo artists, Leigh and McKay are damn good; together, their music is irresistible. Stream Before the World Was Made before its September 24 release date.

 

  1. Dave D.
    September 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for the preview!

  2. Brody
    September 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    So much awesome.

  3. Barry Mazor
    September 18, 2013 at 3:20 am

    I tried to warn you that was good..

  4. Rick
    September 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    The two CD’s I definitely plan on buying in the near future are the above reviewed album (I just regret Brennen did not take my advice and change the song to “Let’s Go To Lubbock On Our Honeymoon”) and her pal Sunny Sweeney’s new project. That reminds me, does Miss Leslie have a new project cooking? There is just something irresistible about these traditional country oriented Texas women! (lol)

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