Adam Brand’s 15th studio album appears to be aimed at the US market.

“16 wants to be 21,” he sings in the title track, “because 21 gets to hit the bars.” Brand – who started out in Geelong – is hitting a musical peak at 50, with Speed Of Lifehis strongest release yet. It celebrates classic country themes – family, mates, God, the weekend and our troops – but the quality of the songwriting and Brand’s singing sees these songs shine. He’s had six nominations for Best Country Album at the ARIAs, but has so far gone home empty-handed. Speed Of Life deserves to change that. “You only get so many trips around that setting sun,” he notes. “Got to make the most of each and every one.”

Speed of Life by Adam Brand is out now via ABC/Universal.

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