I've been a huge fan of Maddie & Tae since July of last year, when I found their excellent Girl in a Country Song, a witty diss to the sexism in "bro-country" and country radio in general now. I'm not the only one. The music video for the song has gained millions of views, and the single itself has been certified platinum. Finally, after a more than one year long wait, punctuated only by a four-track EP in November (you can find my review of it here), their debut album (the fan-voted most anticipated summer album on this blog, by the way) is here, and I'm obsessed. Not to mention incredibly grateful to NPR for premiering it more than a week ahead of the official release date.
Readers of this blog know I am a feminist — very supportive of movements such as Let the Girls Play, and someone who is very happy with Kelsea Ballerini's chart performance and Maddie & Tae's record sales certifications. Yet I am also supportive of RaeLynn, the "other" female artist whose single came out at the same time as Kelsea Ballerini and Maddie & Tae. And after reading one too many articles singing the praises of the latter while using their success and ironically, even feminism to tear down RaeLynn, I'm here to explain why.
Lots of amazing songs were released this summer, and some that were....less than amazing. This singles rundown will cover, essentially, the ones I have the most to say about, because due to my fall schedule I have less time for this blog. Sorry!
Katelyn Tarver - Nobody Like You With this catchy, sarcastic gem of a song I can say with utmost confidence that Katelyn Tarver is back. I didn't enjoy Weekend Millionaires very much, but this track is excellent, and perfect for summer, with clever, catchy lyrics and complementary production. It's vaguely reminiscent in theme of A Little More Free, the title track off her 2011 EP, but different in nearly all other aspects, making it stand out. Now when is this album coming?
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Fountain Pen Girl Album Reviews is a blog writing track-by-track reviews of new popular and independent music with a focus on female artists. The main genres that are covered on this blog are pop, country, singer-songwriter and alternative music, focusing especially on independent artists and female country artists. Enjoy my blog!
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