Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye — aka Maddie & Tae — exploded onto the country music scene last year with the ridiculously catchy single “Girl in a Country Song” that poked fun at the “bro” country artists dominating the charts. And the precocious youngsters then showed us that they are much more than a one-trick pony with a terrific four-track self-titled EP.
Still not old enough to buy beer, the gals are back with debut full-length “Start Here.” It’s an absolute delight from beginning to end, with Maddie & Tae showing a skill and maturity well beyond their years. I have little doubt that the majority of these infectious tunes will find their way to contemporary country radio at some point.
Maddie & Tae wisely kept all four tunes from the EP — “Girl in a Country Song,” “Sierra, “Fly” and “Your Side of Town” — to anchor the 11-track long player and also deliver the goods on “Waitin’ on a Plane,” “Shut Up & Fish,” “Right Here, Right Now,” “After the Storm Blows Through” and “Downside of Growing Up.” The sky’s the limit for this talented twosome. Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)