Two Lanes of Freedom

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Two Lanes of Freedom
Studio album by Tim McGraw
Released February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
Genre Country
Length 45:50
Label Big Machine
Producer Byron Gallimore
Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw chronology

Tim McGraw & Friends
(2013)
Two Lanes of Freedom
(2013)
Sundown Heaven Town
(2014)
Singles from Two Lanes of Freedom
  1. "Truck Yeah"
    Released: July 3, 2012
  2. "One of Those Nights"
    Released: November 12, 2012
  3. "Highway Don't Care"
    Released: March 25, 2013
  4. "Southern Girl"
    Released: July 8, 2013

Two Lanes of Freedom is the 12th studio album by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released February 5, 2013, as his first album for Big Machine Records following a 20-year tenure with Curb Records. He co-produced the album with Byron Gallimore, producer of his previously released albums.[1] The album includes the singles "Truck Yeah", "One of Those Nights", "Highway Don't Care", and "Southern Girl".[2]

Background[edit]

McGraw talked to The Boot writer Beville Dunkerley about the lawsuit that allowed him to end his decades-long contract with Curb Records and the making of the album:[3]

Nothing good happens from anything without concentrating on what you do musically,...All this other stuff you can't do anything about...You can't make people do the things that you think are right, but you can make your music the way you want to make your music and that's what I concentrate on.
—Tim McGraw, [3]

In addition, McGraw discussed his "mindset" behind the album:[3]

There's something special about this record to me, in the optimism that it has,...I'm looking forward to more stuff than I've ever had happen before; there's more ahead of me than behind me. I feel like I've grabbed another gear.
—Tim McGraw, [3]

In conclusion, McGraw added what he sees in his future as a music artist:[3]

I don't think I'm anywhere close to doing the things I want to do. There's so much more ahead of me, and I have a lot of room to get better...Sonically, there's a freshness to this record and a drive behind it that is new to me and headed in a different place. But I won't know that until I go into the studio for the next record and see where it takes me.
—Tim McGraw, [3]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[6]
Country Universe 2.5/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[8]
The Oakland Press 3/4 stars[9]
Omaha World-Herald 2/4 stars[10]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[13]
Taste of Country 4/5 stars[14]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[15]

Upon its release, Two Lanes of Freedom received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[4] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[4] The album has garnered positive reviews from the following publications: AllMusic, American Songwriter, Country Weekly, The Lantern The Plain Dealer, Roughstock, Taste of Country, and the USA Today. On the other hand, the album received mixed reviews from the following publications: Country Universe, Los Angeles Times, Omaha World-Herald, PopMatters, and Rolling Stone.

Commercial[edit]

Two Lanes of Freedom sold about 107,000 copies during its first week of release, landing at number one on the country albums chart and number two on the Billboard 200.[16] As of September 18, 2013, the album has sold 421,000 copies.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Track listing
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Two Lanes of Freedom"  Jaren Johnston, Jenn Schott 4:26
2. "One of Those Nights"  Luke Laird, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins 3:56
3. "Friend of a Friend" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Andrew Dorff 5:13
4. "Southern Girl"  Johnston, Clawson, Lee Thomas Miller 4:15
5. "Truck Yeah"  Chris Janson, Danny Myrick, Preston Brust, Chris Lucas 3:29
6. "Nashville Without You"  Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Ruston Kelly 3:37
7. "Book of John"  Jon Nite, Greg Becker 3:28
8. "Mexicoma" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)James T. Slater, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:33
9. "Number 37405" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)Tom Douglas, Troy Jones 4:45
10. "It's Your World"  Scott Stepakoff, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally 4:29
11. "Highway Don't Care" (feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban)Irwin, Kear, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 4:39
Total length:
45:50
Accelerated Deluxe Version Track listing
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Two Lanes of Freedom"  Jaren Johnston, Jenn Schott 4:26
2. "One of Those Nights"  Luke Laird, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins 3:56
3. "Friend of a Friend"  Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Andrew Dorff 5:13
4. "Southern Girl"  Johnston, Clawson, Lee Thomas Miller 4:15
5. "Truck Yeah"  Chris Janson, Danny Myrick, Preston Brust, Chris Lucas 3:29
6. "Nashville Without You"  Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Ruston Kelly 3:37
7. "Book of John"  Jon Nite, Greg Becker 3:28
8. "Annie I Owe You a Dance" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)James T. Slater, Tom Douglas 3:44
9. "Mexicoma"  Slater, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:33
10. "Number 37405"  Douglas, Troy Jones 4:45
11. "It's Your World"  Scott Stepakoff, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally 4:29
12. "Tinted Windows" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)Irwin, Kear, Dorff 4:13
13. "Highway Don't Care" (feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban)Irwin, Kear, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 4:39
14. "Truck Yeah" (live)Janson, Myrick, Brust, Lucas 4:16
15. "Let Me Love It Out of You"  Rachel Thibodeau, Jason Sever, David Tolliver 5:34
Total length:
63:37

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 10
Canadian Albums Chart 4
China Album Chart[19] 18
US Billboard 200 2[20]
US Billboard Top Country Albums 1[20]
US Billboard Top Digital Albums 1[20]
UK Albums Chart[21] 43
UK Country Albums (OCC)[22] 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[23]
CAN
2012 "Truck Yeah" 11 10 57 52
"One of Those Nights" 3 1 32 1 38
2013 "Highway Don't Care" 4 1 22 2 21
"Southern Girl" 4 2 42 1 61
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
Set You Free by Gary Allan
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 23, 2013
Succeeded by
Red by Taylor Swift

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c "Two Lanes of Freedom, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom (February 5, 2013). "Two Lanes of Freedom - Tim McGraw : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (February 5, 2013). "Tim McGraw: Two Lanes of Freedom". American Songwriter. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Foster, Ben (February 15, 2013). "Album Review: Tim McGraw, Two Lanes of Freedom". Country Universe. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Brown, August (February 5, 2013). "Album review: Tim McGraw 'Two Lanes of Freedom'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ Graff, Gary (February 1, 2013). "Listening Room: Tim McGraw sets off into the sunset on trip of "Freedom"". The Oakland Press. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Coffey, Kevin (February 15, 2013). "Album Review: Tim McGraw, 'Two Lanes of Freedom'". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ Leftridge, Steve (February 27, 2013). "Tim McGraw: Two Lanes of Freedom". PopMatters. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Eddy, Chuck (February 13, 2013). "Tim McGraw: Two Lanes of Freedom (Big Machine)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
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  14. ^ Dukes, Billy (February 8, 2013). "Tim McGraw, 'Two Lanes of Freedom' – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
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  17. ^ Matt Bjorke (July 31, 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of September 18, 2013: Keith Urban Lights Fuse, Debuts at #1; Sheryl Crow at "Home" at #3". Roughstock. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
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  19. ^ "综合榜 2014年 第18周" (in Chinese). sino-chart.com. Retrieved 6-5-2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  21. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100 - 23rd March 2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
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  24. ^ "American album certifications – Tim McGraw – Two Lanes of Freedom". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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