Morgan Wallen has shared his expansive sophomore studio LP, Dangerous: The Double Album.
Clocking in at 30 tracks, Dangerous includes both homages to traditional country music and modern country pop. Its first disc features collaborations with Ben Burgess and Chris Stapleton, while its second disc includes previously released tracks “This Bar,” “More Than My Hometown,” “Livin’ the Dream” and “Still Goin Down.”
The second side also includes a reworked version of Wallen’s “Heartless” collaboration with Thomas Wesley, also known as Diplo, from the DJ-producer’s country album Snake Oil. It also contains Wallen’s cover of Jason Isbell’s moving song about sobriety, “Cover Me Up.”
“The ‘double album’ idea started off as just a joke between me and my manager because we had accumulated so many songs over the past couple of years,” Wallen shared in a statement late last year.
“Then quarantine hit, and we realized it might actually be possible to have enough time to make it happen… I also wanted the songs to speak to multiple phases of life and have multiple different sounds based on my influences and based on what I enjoy.”
Walmart accidentally put Dangerous on sale in various stores days ahead of the album’s official release in the United States. As Billboard reported, the mess-up prompted Wallen to leak his songs himself—and direct some snark at the mega retailer. “It’s kind of messed up but I don’t shop at Walmart anyway,” Wallen said in a video on Instagram. “I also gave Target two extra songs, so if you’re gonna buy my album physically, go to Target, baby.”
Wallen had a brush with controversy last year when he was booted from an October guest performer spot on Saturday Night Live over video footage of him partying without a mask or observing social distancing. He eventually appeared on the show in December, playing himself in a skit about his COVID-19 gaffe.
To celebrate the release of his second studio album, Wallen is set to live-stream a performance at the Ryman in Nashville today (January 12) via Facebook. Find more info here, and listen to Dangerous: The Double Album below: