This post is coming extremely late, because I'll admit, I was not as excited about reviewing this album as I hoped I would be. Kacey Musgraves proved herself as the country artist who is critical of country with her first Grammy-winning album Same Trailer Different Park, but despite the themes of the title track of Pageant Material, her sophomore album sees her reinventing herself as someone who more grudgingly accepts family and small towns as a part of her life than a country rebel, but still holding on to her cynicism. There are some standout tracks, as well as some tracks that are thematically, similar to her old music, but overall the album appears to be a transitional one, and is weighed down with ballads that are nowhere near as emotionally evocative as those on Same Trailer Different Park.
March seems to be looking like the month of mediocre pop. There have been quite a few debut singles, which on the whole tend to be more commercially targeted than subsequent singles or non-single tracks, so that could explain it.
This post is a new idea of mine - giving readers of the blog an idea of the kind of singles that are coming out from various artists and my opinions on them. Since a lot of singles get released, I decided to compile them all into a once-monthly post.
Lucy Hale is the latest in a long line of actress-turned-singers signed to Hollywood Records. Like many of her predecessors, she barely wrote the songs on her album. I liked the songs she'd performed live (well, 5 of them), however, and she came on stage at the CMAs to say that she was creating a country album, so I preordered the deluxe edition. Also, news boasted that the album contained co-writes from significant country producers and singer-songwriters, as well as Kacey Musgraves, so that made me interested.
It didn't quite measure up to my excitement, or all the hype either.
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